Hudson has a choice: football or grad school

Staff writerDecember 17, 2013 

SEATTLE — Andrew Hudson says he isn’t sure what exactly he’ll be doing a year from now. And the Washington Huskies defensive end seems OK with that.

Hudson is a fourth-year junior, meaning he has one year of eligibility remaining, though it’s unclear if football will be in his plans next season.

Along with three other players who are eligible to return in 2014, Hudson was introduced as a senior prior to the Apple Cup, and the school announced that he didn’t plan to return for a fifth year.

The reason: graduate school, most likely. Hudson, who started every game in 2012 before moving to a reserve role this season, has earned enough credits to graduate this academic year, and wants to study social work at the next level. He’s been active in UW’s Campus Ministry since he was a freshman and wants to use his sociology degree to help others.

The application process for UW’s Master of Social Work program has to be completed by Jan. 6, so it’s going to be a hectic few weeks.

“As of now, nothing’s for certain,” Hudson said after Monday’s practice. “That’s (grad school) my plan for now. See where things go. Just apply, finish off and see what happens.”

It was his decision to be announced as a senior at the end of the season, Hudson said.

And it sounds as if he’s ready to move on from football, though he admits he would like to be here — even as a graduate student — until the end with the friends in his recruiting class.

“I think right now, I’ll just see what happens,” he said. “I’m still not sure exactly how to go about next quarter when I get back, but by then I’ll know more. I’m open to whatever’s the best plan. I can’t fully see it. I’d definitely like to finish a Dawg.

“To be here a fifth year and finish out here with the guys in my class, and even the young guys, I definitely think that’s something worth completing. That’s what I’d like to do. That’ll all be determined in the next month or two.”

Fourth-year junior linebacker Jamaal Kearse, a Lakes High product, is another player on track to graduate this year and leave the program with a year of eligibility remaining.

Kearse is also eyeing a graduate degree. He wants to apply for enrollment in an education program, then eventually earn his master’s degree and become a teacher or coach.

He’s definitely done with football, regardless of Steve Sarkisian’s departure and the hire of Chris Petersen.

“It was a decision I felt was best for me,” Kearse said. “I was pretty solid on my decision.”

HUSKIES GET PAIR OF ORAL COMMITMENTS

Two high-school prospects made public their oral commitments to Washington on Monday.

Jalen Greene, a quarterback from Junipero Serra High School (Gardena, Calif.) and Darren Gardenhire, a safety from Cabrillo Long Beach (Calif.) High School, used their Twitter accounts on Monday to proclaim their intentions of playing football at UW.

Both had been previously committed elsewhere — Greene to Boise State, where Petersen recruited him before leaving for UW, and Gardenhire to Washington State before re-opening his recruitment.

Greene is rated a 3-star prospect by Scout.com, which lists him at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds.

Gardenhire is also a 3-star prospect and rated by Scout.com as the No. 94 safety recruit in the 2014 class.

Scout.com now lists seven known oral commitments to the UW for the 2014 class.

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