Colleges lining up for Raiders’ tackle
Eagle Staff Writer
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June 16, 2014

JACKSON TWP — Tyler Hudanick still has his senior football season at Seneca Valley to look forward to, but his time on the gridiron figures to extend far beyond his days with the Raiders.

A 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive lineman, Hudanick has received scholarship offers from 17 Division I and I-AA schools.

“I’ve received offers from a lot of (Mid-American Conference) schools, like Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio), Akron, Toledo and Ohio,” said Hudanick. “The I-AA schools include Duquesne, James Madison and William & Mary.”

Seneca head coach Don Holl also serves as his team’s offensive line coach and has seen the improvements in Hudanick.

“The number one thing is that he has gotten bigger and physically stronger over the last couple of years and with it comes a measure of confidence,” said Holl. “Aside from that, he has spent so much time on the field that he now simply reacts to things as opposed to thinking about doing them. That’s a good thing. The younger guys on the team look up to him and with good reason.”

The letter of intent signing date is nearly eight months from now, but if he finds the right fit, Hudanick will grab it.

“I would like to (verbally) commit somewhere by the end of the summer so I can focus on my senior season, but if I don’t get the right offer, I’ll wait,” added Hudanick.

Hudanick, who lives in Harmony, has a strong idea of what he wants out of the college experience.

“I will be studying kinesiology and I’m looking for a school that’s great academically,” he said. “I’d like to go to a winning program where the football staff cares about you on and off the field.”

Hudanick started at right tackle as a sophomore and moved to the left side last year, aiding the Raiders in the two most prolific offensive seasons in program history. Taking part in camps at Penn State, Temple, Virginia and Notre Dame over the last couple years helped Hudanick hone his skills. He also took part in the All-American Combine in San Antonio, Texas.

“The camps involved a lot of position drills and one-on-one work,” he said. “You show up and just about everybody is the same size as you and you realize that you are just one of the fish in the sea. But you do well and you walk away with a lot of confidence. I thought, ‘I could definitely see myself doing this in college.’ I’m just trying to stay humble.”

The recruiting process has been a unique experience for Hudanick.

“The first offer I received was from Toledo in February and it just took off from there,” he said. “The coaches keep contacting you and they want to get you on their campus.

“I know from talking to some of the older guys on the team the last couple of years, it can be chaotic. But it’s definitely worth it.”