ESPN's Joe Schad reported today that former Wisconsin Badgers safety and Plant High School alum Austin Hudson will be transferring to USF. Hudson played in all 14 games for the Badgers last season as a true freshman and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out a year.
Hudson is a very good get for Taggart and company. He was a low three-star recruit out of Plant with offers from Georgia and Missouri as well as the Badgers, but worked his way into the rotation at safety as a true freshman and racked up 19 tackles along with a sack and forced fumble. There didn't seem to be any bad blood between him and Wisconsin-- our Wisconsin sister site Bucky's 5th Quarter reported that he was expected to see more playing time this season, and his comments about transferring were more than polite:
"I have nothing negative to say," Hudson told BadgerNation. "It was a journey I needed to make to understand where I belong and Wisconsin just wasn't the right fit. Football wise it may have been but in terms of what I idealize, the school itself wasn't the right fit."
The Bulls have a lot of bodies in the secondary this year, even in their new 4-2-5 scheme, but they'll lose standout safety Jamie Byrd after the 2015 season. Perhaps Hudson will be a candidate to fill Byrd's "Husky" position-- at any rate, he's a very nice addition to this secondary. Welcome home, Austin!