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5-star Baylor OT commit Patrick Hudson significantly impacted by Texas visit

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Call it a necessary first step.

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A Tuesday spring evaluation visit from the Texas Longhorns made a "significant impact" on Baylor Bears offensive tackle commit Patrick Hudson, the consensus five-star prospect from Silsbee.

There hadn't been much, if any, news on Hudson and the Longhorns since he switched his pledge from the Texas A&M Aggies to the Bears last summer. The 6'5.5, 330-pounder is an elite prospect ranked as the No. 15 recruit, the No. 2 offensive tackle, and the No. 3 player in Texas.

The Aggies remain aggressive in pursuit of Hudson, while the visit from the Longhorns staff could spark some renewed interest between the two sides.

However, competing against Baylor for offensive line recruits is an increasingly difficult task since Texas hasn't had a lineman drafted since 2008, while Bears position coach Randy Clements can boast six since 2010. And whether Wickline can successfully sell his Oklahoma State achievements at Texas with elite prospects without experiencing in-season success is still unclear.

Right now, positioning Texas to make a further impact with improved play is a best-case scenario before the games start during the fall.

So, call the development reason for cautious optimism about the potential for Joe Wickline and company to become a significant player in Hudson's recruitment for the first time -- the positive contact is the necessary first step.