The Rickey Hughey coming out party happened in Fayetteville on Saturday.
That's when Lafayette County wideout/defensive end Hughey (6-5, 220, 4.8) got a chance to get looked at by University of Arkansas coaches and other in-state college representatives at the Razorbacks one-day camp.
"I appreciated the opportunity to come here and I just tried to work hard and get better," Hughey said. "I liked this camp. I think it went pretty well for me."
Arkansas' coaches were chatting him up after it was over.
"The coaches just told me they were very high on me and that they think I might be somebody that could play for them," Hughey said. "That's exciting for me."
He liked what he saw on his first trip to Fayetteville.
"I like all of their coaches," Hughey said. "They are all real nice. I like everything about Arkansas."
Hughey is coming off a junior season in which he caught 21 passes for 402 yards and 6 touchdowns in the Cougars' spread offense despite constant double-teaming.
"I played wide receiver and defensive end," Hughey said. "Not a lot of people knew about me except the schools we play, but this will definitely help get my name out there."
Lafayette County is coming off a 5-6 season in which it started 0-3, won three straight and then alternated wins and losses the rest of the season, which ended with a 36-0 loss at Mayflower in the first round of the state playoffs.
They are picked to finish fourth in the 7-3A conference behind Prescott, Gurdon and Rison.
But Hughey thinks his team can challenge the Curley Wolves, Go-Devils and Wildcats.
"We have a lot of people coming back (16 starters)," Hughey said. "We were just kind of average in conference last season, but I think we are going to be much better this season."
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