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Gorman: Hudson is ready to play

Kevin Gorman
| Wednesday, January 27, 2016 8:36 p.m
Tony Pinneri | For the Tribune-Review
McKeesport's Khaleke Hudson completes a 10-yard run in the first quarter against Plum on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, at McKeesport.
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McKeesport safety Khaleke Hudson sits at his locker on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.
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McKeesport running back Khaleke Hudson (21) celebrates his second-quarter touchdown during a WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal against Penn-Trafford on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at Gateway.

Khaleke Hudson isn’t the highest-rated recruit in Western Pennsylvania, nor was he the Tribune-Review’s Player of the Year.

What separates the 6-foot, 205-pound McKeesport safety from the WPIAL Class of 2016 is that he’s ready to play. Right now.

Every year, it seems one WPIAL star is suited for instant college stardom. Last year, it was Central Valley’s Jordan Whitehead. A year before, it was Aliquippa’s Dravon Henry. Two years ago, Clairton’s Tyler Boyd.

This year, it’s Khaleke Hudson.

“He’s a vicious hitter, a knockdown hitter,” Metro Index scouting director Joe Butler said. “He can play right away. He’s ready. He’s got everything going for him, all the physical tools and ball skills to make plays.”

That’s good news for Jim Harbaugh and Michigan, as Hudson chose the Wolverines over Penn State, Pitt and UCLA.

Hudson has one of the most impressive highlight videos I’ve ever watched from any prospect.

He’s physical, as seen by the players who bounce off him while attempting arm tackles.

He’s violent, as evidenced by his chasing down a Connellsville player and flipping him upside-down to force a fumble.

And he’s incredibly athletic.

One offseason video showed him leaping over a taller teammate to make a one-handed catch at the goal line. Against Seneca Valley, Hudson hurdled one player and ran over the next.

Not only did Hudson star on both sides of the ball, he did it in unforgettable fashion. Don’t be surprised to see him on the field for Michigan this fall.

“I believe I have the physical ability to play early,” Hudson said. “I bring a fearlessness and fire to the field.”

Fearless, fearsome and ready.

Kevin Gorman is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @KGorman_Trib.

Kevin Gorman is a Tribune-Review sports columnist. You can contact Kevin by email at or via Twitter .

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