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The Dotted Line: Hudson Card grew up ready to become a Longhorn

Posted May 28th, 2018

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The making of a Longhorn

There was never a doubt Hudson Card would end up at Texas once an offer was extended to the four-star sophomore quarterback at the Orange-White game. Card grew up a Longhorn. He doesn’t remember a time in his life when burnt orange wasn’t the color of his favorite team. Card pledged to Tom Herman’s program on Friday, becoming the Longhorns’ first commitment of the 2020 cycle.

The school wasn’t a shock. The timing was earlier than most prospects pick a school. Card still has two seasons at Lake Travis before enrolling at Texas. His offer list was continuing to grow as the former wide receiver proved in spring practice that he’s fully capable of playing college quarterback. Card didn’t want the hoopla to start.

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“It’s been my dream school my whole life, so that was a big reason,” Card said Saturday at a 7-on-7 tournament at Westwood High School. “I might as well focus on high school and winning a state championship since I knew where I wanted to end up. It feels good to get it out of the way and off my chest.”

The 6-2, 167-pound dual-threat quarterback is the second local signal-caller to commit to Texas since the 2017 cycle, joining Westlake’s Sam Ehlinger. Herman signed two out-of-state quarterbacks in the 2018 class and holds a commitment from four-star quarterback Roschon Johnson of Port Neches-Groves in the 2019 class.

Card is the No. 16-ranked player on the Next 25 and the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the 2020 cycle, per 247Sports. He spent most of his sophomore season as a wide receiver while Matthew Baldwin, who is now at Ohio State, led the offense. That athleticism provides him an edge, and makes him an ideal quarterback for the Herman offense.

“Athleticism and keeping plays alive are two of my top strengths,” Card said. “Our offense is changing this season and it should help me move around more than what Lake Travis used to run offensively.”

That’s because Lake Travis hired Will Stein as its offensive coordinator in the offseason. The former quality control coach under Charlie Strong and Herman plans to bring the Texas offense to Lake Travis.

“We’re going to run something similar to Texas and that will give me a head start,” Card said.

Taking over the leadership role

Card must make the transition to being part of the team to its leader as a junior. He starred at wide receiver for the Cavaliers in 2017, recording 69 catches for 1,137 yards and 13 touchdowns. He added 459 yards rushing and six touchdowns, as well as three interceptions. In limited time as a quarterback, Card completed 57 of 82 attempts for 604 yards and six touchdowns to three interceptions.

Card was named the District 25-6A newcomer of the year and was prepared to help Lake Travis in its Class 6A Division I state title game against Allen as a receiver. That changed when Baldwin collapsed on the first series and Card was thrust into the quarterback position. Lake Travis fell short, but it was the day Card began to become the next leader of the Lake Travis program.

“My team put me in a good position to succeed in that state championship game,” Card said. “It translated smoothly into the spring. Tons of motivation to get back to that game.”

In the loss to Allen, Card passed for 224 yards and completed 66 percent of his passes. He threw for a touchdown and added one on the ground, but he also threw three interceptions. He led the team in rushing with 82 yards on 14 carries. It was the definition of trial by fire. His teammates took notice.

“We knew Hudson was the real deal and he proved it in the Allen game. We lost, but he showed his potential and mental toughness in that game. We’re excited about what he brings to the team,” said five-star wide receiver Garrett Wilson. “He’s going to put up Heisman numbers.”

The head coach agrees.

“Hudson wasn’t put in an easy position and he never lost faith or gave up in that game. He’s a real leader and a great football player,” Lake Travis head coach Hank Carter said during spring ball. “That game likely does him a lot of good. It’s provided motivation and he knows what to expect at quarterback in the biggest game.”

RANKPLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1. Zachary EvansRBGalena Park North Shore (6A)Undecided
2. Demond DemasWRHouston North Forest (6A)Texas A&M
3. Dwight McGlothernCBNew Caney (5A)Undecided
4.Chris Thompson Jr.SDuncanville (6A)Undecided
5.Chad LindbergOTClear Creek (6A)Undecided
6. Darius SnowSHebron (6A)Undecided
7. Jase Mclellan RBAledo (4A)Oklahoma
8. Ja'Quinden JacksonATHDuncanville (6A)Undecided
9.Alec BryantDEPearland Shadow Creek (6A)Undecided
10. Jaylon JonesCBCibolo Steele (6A)Undecided
11. RJ MickensCBSouthlake Carroll (6A)Undecided
12. Lorando Johnson CBLancaster (6A)Undecided
13.Drew SandersATHColleyville Heritage (5A)Oklahoma
14.Logan ParrOLSan Antonio O'Connor (6A)Undecided
15.Branard WrightDTDallas Carter (4A)Undecided
16.Hudson CardQBLake Travis (6A)Texas
17. James SylvesterDENewton (3A)Undecided
18.Courtland FordOTCedar Hill (6A)Undecided
19. Troy OmeireWRFort Bend Austin (6A)Undecided
20. Marvin MimsWRFrisco Lone Star (5A)Undecided
21.Prince DorbahDEHighland Park (5A)Undecided
22.EJ SmithRBDallas Jesuit (6A)Undecided
23.Collin SullivanWRRound Rock (6A)Undecided
24.Trent PullenOLWaco Connally (4A)Undecided
25. Jordan JeffersonOLNavasota (4A)Texas A&M

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