One day after decommitting from Ohio State, Bruce Judson admitted that part of his change of plans had to do with a lack of communication with Urban Meyer.
“I know Coach Meyer is busy, but I just didn’t feel like he was trying to reach out to me the way he did before,” Judson told the AJC’s SEC Country on Monday night.
Judson, who made the announcement through Twitter on Sunday, said his conversations with Meyer had dissipated in recent months. Ultimately, though, Judson reopened his recruitment to get his mother more involved.
He alluded to Ohio State receiver Noah Brown’s injury during fall camp and how Brown’s mother expressed her trust in the program to care for her son.
“To sum it all up, she said, ‘This is why I sent my son here, because I can put my trust in the coaches to handle my son the right away and take care of him,’” Judson said. “I thought, ‘Well, I want my mom to be like that, too.’ That’s how it really started.”
Judson said Ohio State running backs coach Tony Alford reached out to him shortly after he announced his decision to decommit inquiring when he and his parents would be visiting Ohio State to meet in person.
“He told me to call him later this week and he wants to talk to my mom and my dad and see when we’ll be able to come up there,” Judson said. “I told coach, I said, ‘If my mom gives me the go, then it’ll be back on.’”
The 4-star athlete from Cocoa, Fla., has heard from several schools since, including Michigan State, TCU, LSU and UGA. He even picked up an offer from Alabama in the process — something he says he’s been waiting for since he was a kid.
But Judson said he’s had to extinguish some rumors, such as he’s headed to Florida or that Alabama’s offer is the end-all. He did, however, provide some clarity on his recruitment now that he’s backed away from his commitment to Ohio State.
The 5-foot-9, 186-pounder from Cocoa High School conceded to the AJC’s SECCountry.com that Ohio State, Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, Florida State and Clemson — in that particular order — make up his list of top schools.
Alabama especially wasted no time in its recruiting efforts. Judson said he heard from wide receivers coach Billy Napier shortly after his announcement and received an offer.
“That’s going to shake up my recruitment a lot because I’m going up there to watch the Alabama-LSU game,” Judson admits.
But as it stands, Alabama has taken a backseat to another SEC power — Florida. The Gators are currently his No. 2 school and one he’s been closely aligned with since he decommitted. Judson said he’s established a strong relationship with coach Jim McElwain, but that isn’t a clear indication that he’s headed to Gainesville, Fla.
“That doesn’t mean I’m going to jump out and just go to them,” Judson said.
Judson confirmed to SECCountry.com that he will attend the USC-Notre Dame game on Oct. 17 followed by the Alabama-LSU game on Nov. 7.
He is rated as the No. 23 player in Florida in the class of 2017.