During last weekend's unofficial visit to Arizona State four-star 2018 outside linebacker prospect Reggie Hughes decided he'd like to make a return trip with family.
"It was amazing, I really liked it," said Hughes, a Calabasas (Calif.) High standout. "The campus was beautiful and the stadium was beautiful. I really loved the coaches, they were really cool and made me feel at home. They were really interested in me which is great to see and I'm very interested in them. The new facility they are creating is going to be amazing.
"After meeting the coaches, that's what hooked me. I'm hoping to get back out there for a game or two and bring my mom so she can see it also."
Hughes, 6-foot-2, 212 pounds, is closing in on double digit offers. Even so, he wasn't necessarily expecting the Sun Devils to jump into the race during the visit.
"I didn't know they were going to offer," Hughes said. "I was talking with (assistant) coach Keith Patterson a little bit before this, but didn't know they were about to offer. I went into a position meeting, one of the linebacker meetings and he and the outside linebacker coach told me they really like me, how I move and my speed. They said they have an aggressive defense and like to blitz a lot and play man and they think I can get to the quarterback and also be able to cover.
"It's very similar to what we do at Calabasas at our defense. I like to blitz and feel like I can cover in space pretty good for my size."
Boston College, BYU, Hawaii, Nebraska, Oregon State, San Jose State, UCLA and Washington State have also offered a scholarship according to Hughes. He's already taken about five unofficial visits and has more planned through the summer.
"It's a total surprise getting all these offers," he said. "Coming from Chaminade where I was not really talking to coaches, to come to Calabasas and get these offers, it's pretty crazy. ASU, UCLA and Washington are schools that I've really liked so far and I have more visits coming up. I'm going to Washington State April 21 and Oregon State in July, and some other visits in July too."
Hughes had a hugely successful junior season, credited with 69 tackles and 19 sacks for a team that went 14-1, losing only in the CIF state football championship bowl game in overtime. It's a big part of what's led to his recruitment taking off in the last year, and he's now the No. 9 outside linebacker recruit in the West and No. 259 overall prospect nationally in the class.
"If I commit it's got to feel like home, a place I could live forever," Hughes said. "I have to love it. I'm going to be there for four or five years at least."