McKeesport Athlete Khaleke Hudson Chooses Michigan Football Over Penn State

By Jason Shawley

Michigan continues to frustrate Penn State on the recruiting trail as National Signing Day approaches, this time pulling a commitment from the Nittany Lions’ backyard.

McKeesport, Pennsylvania athlete Khaleke Hudson announced via Twitter Wednesday that he would be spending his next few years in Ann Arbor. It’s not the first player that chose the Wolverines over Penn State, and the second just this week. On Monday, defensive tackle Michael Dwumfour shifted his commitment and will join Jim Harbaugh next season. In addition, kicker Quinn Nordin will likely be attending Michigan rather than Penn State despite his initial commitment to James Franklin.

Nordin’s change of heart is less damaging because of the commitment Penn State received yesterday from kicker Alex Barbir. The de-commitment of Dwumfour wouldn’t have hurt as much either if the Nittany Lions could’ve kept intact what was one of their strongest positions in the class. The only defensive tackle remaining in the class is four-star Baltimore product Ellison Jordan.

Hudson can play either offensively or defensively which makes him a unique prospect. Had he chose Penn State, he would likely be playing safety exclusively because of the rich situation the Nittany Lions already have at tailback. Saquon Barkley is returning following a stellar freshman campaign, not to mention Franklin secured a commitment from the nation’s No. 1 tailback, Miles Sanders. The Wolverines are less certain of their situation at the position, though it’s still unclear where Harbaugh wants Hudson to spend most of his time. Hudson’s future teammate, Jabrill Peppers made his mark last season by being a versatile player, registering time on both sides of the ball.

Regardless of the recent activity, Franklin still has a very solid class coming in, boasting three five-star commitments. We’ll see how the careers of these players unfold, but Harbaugh has certainly won this round.

National Signing Day is on February 3.

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