Eric Hudson was an attendee at our most recent Gridiron Football Elite Camp that was held at his school Jonesboro-Hodge in Jonesboro, LA. At the camp Eric posted a 6.12 second 40 yard dash, a 5.15 second 3 cone shuttle and a 6′ broad jump. Eric weighs in at 303lbs at 5’11” which is great for his position at offensive guard. At guard, Eric uses his size and strength to overpower defensive lineman in order to open up the defense for his skill position players. Eric’s size and strength make him a class of 2024 player for all coaches to keep their eyes on this upcoming season.
I was fortunate enough to speak with Eric in order to hear about his career plan and goals.
When did you start playing football and why did you start playing?
“I’ve been playing football my whole life but I took a hiatus freshman and sophomore year after covid. In 11th grade I came back and found my passion which is playing.”
What aspect of the game made you fall in love with the sport?
“I love getting to hit people but its amazing that knowing that if you work hard enough then it will all pay off.”
Do you play any other sports?
“No I thought about playing basketball but I want to focus on football.”
Who do you look up to as a role model?
“I look up to my father. He passed away when I was 8 years old but I just want to make him proud”
Is there a college or professional player that you try to model your game after?
“I like to watch Aaron Donald and the way he uses his hands.”
What have you learned about yourself from playing football?
“I’ve learned how well I can adapt to any situation.”
What sets you apart from the other players at your position?
“What sets me apart is my determination. I know that I’m a smaller guy and people think that can hold me back but I know I can do it.”
What school subject is the most appealing to you and why?
“I always found science to be easy and chemical reactions and stuff like that amazes me.”
What goals have you set for yourself this upcoming season?
“I want to get my first college offer, that’s my goal to be looked at my schools and be recognized for my hard work.”
What is something you are working on improving in practice?
“I’ve been working on my speed. My muscular strength is there but I want to get faster.”
What kind of qualities do you believe a leader should have?
“A good leader should know how to talk to his teammates. Some people take things differently than others so just knowing how to work with your teammates.”
What have you learned about teamwork from your past experiences on your teams?
“I’ve learned that to be successful we need to have a good attitude and come together as a team. The main thing with team work is that everyone has to do their part.”
What is your favorite moment from your career so far?
“My favorite moment was when we played Lakeview and I messed up on the first play but then I came back and made the big hit to open the hole for our running back to score.”
What do you see yourself accomplishing after high school?
“I want to play college football and study towards a degree in engineering.”
What are some hobbies you like to do in your free time?
“I like to play the game and spend time with my family because they are the most important thing in my life.”
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