Timothy Adam Hudson was born in Columbus, Georgia. He was a huge fan of the Atlanta Braves. He admired Tom Glavine, Steve Avery, John Smoltz, and Greg Maddux. Hudson enrolled at Glenwood High School, where he finished with a 12-1 record and a 1.78 ERA as a member of the varsity team. Due to his small build, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound pitcher was not scouted by any pro teams. Hudson eventually received a a Division-I scholarship to Auburn after playing at Chattahoochee Valley community college.