It didn’t take William Hudson long to establish his potential as a Division I recruit.
For the junior goaltender at Westminster Schools in Georgia, it happened after his freshman year when he made the rising sophomore all-star game at the Maverick Showtime National Lacrosse Recruiting Spotlight.
Hudson cemented his D-I future when he verbally committed to the College of Holy Cross, a verbal first reported when it was made on Dec. 11 by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 6-2, 195=pound Hudson is a righty who combines size, stopping ability and a strong lacrosse IQ. You can watch his highlight reel here.
Now, here’s a Q&A with William on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I really wanted a school with great academics as well as a good lacrosse program and Holy Cross fit that exact criteria. I also like that the mission of the school is to build men and women for service to others. I really liked (Holy Cross Head) Coach (Jim) Morrissey and (Assistant) Coach (Justin) Hager and am excited to play for both of them. The addition of (Assistant) Coach (John) Carroll is awesome as a dedicated goalie coach is critical. Finally, I felt like I fit in well with the students and the lacrosse players.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I also strongly considered and visited Cornell, Brown, Dartmouth, Colgate, Middlebury and Amherst.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I feel that I am a big presence on the field and balance my communication skills along with my ability to stop the ball. I can also create fast breaks because I can clear the ball 50 yards comfortably. I play conservative in goal but also will chase after groundballs and shots in order to keep possession.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I can always get better and recently got a power shaft and work with it daily to increase my hand speed. I am currently working on not just making the save, but not giving up rebounds as well.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
My family moved to the Atlanta from London when I was 8. My dad (Kevin Hudson) taught me how to play lacrosse and he coached me and my friends ever since we were in third grade up until now as he is the varsity assistant coach for our high school lacrosse team. I also play tennis in the offseason.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play club lacrosse for Thunder and I also played for the Shockers this past summer at the King of the Hill tournament. Last summer, Thunder played at NSCLA, Crab City Challenge and Best of the Best. I also played in the Adrenaline Black Card Showcase, Nike Blue Chip, and Maverick Showtime. This fall I played at the fall Nike Blue Chip for my second year in a row and also played and the Philly Fall Showcase.
Any final thoughts?
I am incredibly excited about having the opportunity to play lacrosse at Holy Cross and am so grateful for all of the support I have received over the years.
First of all I want to thank God for all that he has done in my life and the many blessings and opportunities that he has given me.
I also want to thank my parents for the continuous support they have shown me over the years.
I want to thank Coach Tony Souza, Coach Jeff Lowe, Coach Andy Posil and Coach Kevin Hudson for investing in me and encouraging me the past couple of years at Westminster.
Lastly, I want to thank Coach Mike Rabbitt and Coach Wesley Speaks for all they have done for me as my coaches on Thunder.
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