Arizona State has landed its second four-star commitment of the month out of the talent-rich state of California.
Reggie Hughes, a 6-foot-2, 215 pound outside linebacker who had 69 tackles and 19 sacks for CIF-SS Division 5 champs Calabasas High School, announced his pledge via twitter.
Hughes had visited ASU unofficially last week before announcing a Top-5 of ASU, Michigan State, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington State. He was expected to visit the Spartans this weekend.
Instead, Hughes decided to commit to the Sun Devils. ASU had previously earned a commitment this month from four-star Bishop Alemany High School safety Ely Doyle. At that time, Doyle said that one of the players he planned to really work on getting to join him was Hughes.
A visit last week with Todd Graham made clear in Hughes' mind how the Sun Devils view him and the importance they placed on his recruitment.
"Defensive-wise, [Graham] sees me as a guy who can take over at (senior Koron) Crump's position, a guy that can make an immediate impact," Hughes said Thursday. "We were talking about enrolling early if I was to commit early I could maybe come in and learn the defense earlier, which is an option I'm thinking about. He talked with me honestly about recruiting, how you have to remember it's a business and not everyone has your best interest at heart sometimes. Some people will try to play little tricks.
"He was very honest, he told me the deal of how he really wants me, I'm at the top of their list. He's just waiting on what I'm doing, really. He told me they really want me there and hope that I'll commit before December."
Primarily used at Calabasas -- 14-1 last season -- as a two-point edge pass rusher like Crump is by ASU, it's no surprised Hughes is being recruited to play Devil backer by the Sun Devils.
Hughes is the No. 270 overall prospect nationally in the 2018 class and No. 22 outside linebacker recruit.
"I like the Devil backer position because you're mainly rushing but you're versatile and can do different things," Hughes said. "You can drop back into coverage and do a lot but rushing is my bread and butter so I don't mind being a rushing player and getting all those sacks.
Hughes would be coached at ASU by outside linebackers coach Shaun Slocum, which he views as another positive for the program.
"We had a meeting [Thursday]. It's going great with him. He's a great coach. He's coached a lot of top players. He is a big factor."
With a design on a career in spots medicine, Hughes said the Sun Devils answered all his questions on the academic side in the meetings he had last week.
"It was really good," Hughes said. "They went more in depth this time on what I want to do education-wise. I want to study sports medicine. They gave me all that information, we talked with a lot of the advisors and stuff, people who will help me achieve my goals in the field.
"They told me the process, how they wake up at 6 a.m. every day, you work out first from 6-12 with film, practice, lifting, then you go to class at 1 (p.m.). You don't go to class sleepy, you go when you're up and active and all your blood is pumping and everything. So they schedule it that way so guys aren't missing classes, aren't going to be just asleep in classes."
Hughes had visited Tempe once before earlier in the spring, doing so with his Pro-Way seven on seven teammates. It was a great first impression that increasingly progressed to the point of a commitment in less than three months.