James Hudson was granted his release from the Michigan football program in October.
Now, the converted offensive lineman is headed back to his home state.
Hudson will join the University of Cincinnati football team for the 2019 season, the Toledo, Ohio, native announced Saturday on social media.
In a note published on Twitter, Hudson thanked the Michigan coaching staff for the past two seasons, one that saw him redshirt his freshman year in 2017.
He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining after he sits out 2019.
“I will never forget the people that I met while there,” Hudson wrote. “The coaches, academic support, and lastly of course, the supportive fan base.”
— James Hudson III (@__BallisLife2) December 1, 2018
Hudson appeared in three games in 2018, mostly in a reserve tackle role along the offensive line, a position he transitioned to upon arrival at Michigan.
A natural defensive lineman, Hudson was a four-star prospect and ranked as the 13th-best strong-side defensive end in the country by 247Sports out of Toledo’s Central Catholic High School.
He was in the running for a starting tackle spot out of camp, eventually won by junior Jon Runyan, Jr., and senior Juwann Bushell-Beatty. Hudson did not return a request for comment on his decision to transfer from MLive.
Cincinnati posted a 10-2 season in 2018, its second under head coach Luke Fickell. It is unclear what position Hudson will play for the Bearcats.