Home Boys' Lists Girls' Lists Men's Teams Women's Teams News Photos Contributors Links Help Sign-UpOnline Store
Latest News | Categories | Authors | News Archives
 
 

News & Features

Commitment Announcement
Spring Signing Week '13: Hudson Commits to Arkansas
Share:   

Shannon Hudson of Virginia Beach is shorter than almost all of her opponents, but she was tall enough to see a red flag on the horizon.

Shannon Hudson has committed to Arkansas
Figuratively speaking, that flag waved prominently enough to prompt Hudson to change her Southeastern Conference destination.

Hudson, a Blue Chip recruit at just 5 feet tall, first committed to Tennessee. But she changed her mind and cast her lot with the Arkansas Razorbacks, so her near-future will include a lot more "Woo Pig Sooie" and a lot less "Rocky Top."

"Originally I was going to go to Tennessee, and in November I committed," says Hudson, ranked 28th nationally, sixth in the Mid-Atlantic Section and first in Virginia among 12th-graders by the Tennis Recruiting Network. "But I wasn't that happy with the decision. I was still kind of talking to coaches (from other teams)."

So she visited Arkansas, where she found a better fit in the program of head coach Michael Hegarty and assistant Audrey Bordeleau. Hudson says the workload on players there isn't as demanding as at Tennessee, and she thinks the lesser stress will help her game.

"I liked the team and the coach a lot better," she says. "I like Arkansas so much better. I like the environment and my (future) teammates."

Hudson noted that the Razorbacks' current squad has just one senior, one sophomore and seven freshmen, making it one of the nation's youngest teams. Still, Arkansas was No. 44 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, around the NCAA tournament at-large bubble, despite four consecutive 4-3 losses in February.

"I figure in two years we'll have a really good team," she says. "We can be in the top 20, maybe top 10. (Hegarty) is a really good coach."

Hudson said she believes her future will be brighter in Fayetteville than Knoxville, though the No. 28 Lady Vols - coached by the husband-wife tandem of Mike Patrick and Sonia Hahn-Patrick - now are ranked higher than the Razorbacks.

Academically, Hudson plans to major in entrepreneurship. She says she, a friend from high school and LSU tennis recruit Skylar Holloway of Oxon Hill, Md., whom she knows from Mid-Atlantic tournaments, have discussed starting an event-planning business. Living in a resort city, Hudson knows plenty about that kind of thing.

This Article Is Available Only to Recruiting Advantage members
 
Please log in to access premium TennisRecruiting.net content.
LOG IN
NOT REGISTERED?
Register Now For Free!
  • Content Updated Daily
  • Complete Rank Lists
  • Exclusive Articles
  • Recruit Interviews
It's Quick, Easy, and Free!
 

 
 TENNIS WAREHOUSE PRODUCT REVIEW
 
Gamma Moto Soft Tennis String
 
To purchase this product or for a much more detailed written review, Click Here!
 
RECENT COMMITMENTS
7/26 Callie Nesbitt chooses Colby
7/25 Nina Sorkin chooses Virginia Tech
7/25 Johnathan Christie chooses Schreiner
7/25 Maya Jacobs chooses Rutgers
7/25 Luisa Uscocovich chooses Virginia Tech
7/25 Nancy Fawzy chooses Virginia Tech
7/25 Barbara Delp chooses Virginia Tech
7/25 Emily Sidor chooses UNC Asheville
7/24 Derek Vincent chooses BYU
7/23 Guus Koevermans chooses San Diego

Full Listings: Boys' Commits & Girls' Commits

 
 ATP GEAR - STRING
  Marin Cilic
 
Luxilon ALU Power 16L String
Buy Now: $17.95
Review, Feedback, Video
 
  David Goffin
 
Luxilon ALU Power 16L String
Buy Now: $17.95
Review, Feedback, Video
 
  Sam Querrey
 
Solinco Hyper-G 16L String
Buy Now: $11.50
Review, Feedback, Video
 
  Dominic Thiem
 
Babolat Hybrid RPM Blast 17+ VS 16 String
Buy Now: $33.95
Feedback
 
 
 

Page updated on Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Contact our web team with any corrections