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Golden Bears grab a local tight end

6/25/2012

California added another piece to its 2013 recruiting class on Monday, as the Golden Bears gained a commitment from 6-foot-3, 229-pound tight end Raymond Hudson (Pleasanton, Calif./Foothill).

Hudson held offers from Cal and San Diego State, and interest was picking up from Oregon, UCLA, USC and Washington. In fact, the Bruins coaches wanted Hudson to call head coach Jim L. Mora on Monday morning, and Hudson was supposed to attend camps this week at USC and Washington. But after meeting with Cal head coach Jeff Tedford on Saturday and talking things over with his parents Sunday night, Hudson felt comfortable enough to make just one phone call on Monday.

"After meeting with [Tedford], that was it for me," Hudson said. "I figured there was no reason to look at the other schools. I had the offer I wanted."

Hudson said the fact that Cal is the local school played a role in his decision, but it was far from the only factor.

"The education there is top notch," he said. "The new facilities are great. The coaches are great. Everything there fit me perfectly."

The athletic tight end often flexes out wide and spreads the field for his Foothill team, and he said the Cal coaches envision the same role for him at the next level.

"They'll have me flex out and move all over," he said. "Sometimes I'll be down on the line blocking as well. I'm going to be doing a mix of things."

Raymond is commitment No. 7 in Cal's 2013 recruiting class.