Virginia Tech picked up their third commitment of the 2014 class on Friday. Jalen Hudson committed…
Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary combo guard Jalen Hudson (6-5, 180) – a Virginia native who plays at LeBron James old high school - will announce after classes on Friday whether he will play at Arkansas or Virginia Tech.
Just like Pierce – who chose the Razorbacks over Alabama and Florida among others – Hudson had over 25 scholarship offers.
"After talking with my parents and doing a lot of thinking, I have narrowed my college decision down to Arkansas and Virginia Tech," Hudson said on Instagram earlier this week. "I am going to take this week to think about both schools.
"I am going to be thinking about which I like most and which school will give me the best opportunity to reach my goals," Hudson continues, "and be happy and successful! I will be making my decision this Friday after school."
Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson already has three pledges in his 2014 class with North Little Rock point guard Anton Beard (6-1, 180), Forrest City big man Trey Thompson (6-9, 250) and Arlington (Texas) Martin small forward Nick Babb (6-5, 180) all ready to sign in the November 13-20 early signing period.
"I am really excited what our coaches are doing on the recruiting trail," Anderson said Wednesday at a preseason press gathering. "There is a lot of interest in the University of Arkansas and what people are seeing and what is taking place. There is a lot of excitement going on and we want to continue to build on that excitement."
The Razorbacks will also add in West Virginia transfer Keaton Miles (6-7, 225), who is redshirting this season, to the 2014-2015 roster as it loses six seniors, five of which are now on scholarship.
"I think we are in good shape," Anderson said. "We have four scholarships and hopefully looking to fill all of those and address some needs.
"I thought we addressed them this year when we identified some size that could come in and impact this team," Anderson added while referrring to 6-10 true freshmen Bobby Portis and Moses Kingsley. "I think we answered that."
Arkansas has locked in on the perimeter in the 2014 class.
"Now you are talking about losing quite a few guards – Rickey Scott, (Mardracus) Wade, Kikko (Haydar), Fred (Gulley), (forward) Coty (Clarke) and those guys," Anderson continued. "So we have to continue to bring in guys that fit what we are doing – character guys, obviously athletic guys, basketball players. That is what I am looking for – guys that fit what we are doing."
The addition of Hudson would give Arkansas four in the class and five newcomers overall, but Anderson says he and his staff will continue to recruit throughout the year just in case.
"How many is it going to be? We'll see," Anderson said about signees. "I am a guy that never stops the recruiting."
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