Rated as one of the South's top offensive line prospects before his senior season by Scout.com, Pugh earned the ultimate honor for a high school football player on Friday when he was named to the Army All-American All-Star Game in San Antonio.
Playing for his dad Tony after moving over from Spain Park High this season, Pugh says it's a huge honor to be selected as one of the top players in the country.
"I was excited when I found out," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I said back when I was playing in the junior all-star (December 2005 at Troy University) if there was any game I could play in besides the state championship, it would be this game.
"It is always a good feeling to know that you got picked as one of the top players in the country and will play with all of the other top players in the country," Pugh says. "I am hoping it will be a fun trip. I know it will be.
"I know a couple of guys who have played there before. I hope it is a good experience and I can learn things that will stay with me the rest of my life."
Playing offensive tackle for nationally ranked Hoover High, the 6-3, 275 Pugh is expected to be a center on the next level and has played some at the position this season for the Bucs. He says that his experience playing both positions this season should help him fit in during the all-star week in Texas.
Not only is the honor for Ryan, but it's also a big moment for his father Tony as well. Coaching his son throughout his life, Tony Pugh says this is a moment that a father can only dream about.
Pugh becomes the second Auburn commitment to be selected for the game joining defensive lineman Bart Eddins who played last season and is now a freshman on the Auburn team.
Hoover High head coach Rush Propst says the honor is well deserved for Pugh, who will be playing in the game along with his teammate, wide receiver Brandon Clear.
"I think it is an honor to have two players in a national all-star game," Propst says. "They have got to be great players. I think Ryan Pugh, in my opinion, is the best inside center/guard prospect in this country. If there is a better center/guard in this country, I haven't seen him.
"I think he will have a quick (impact) and successful career at Auburn," Propst adds. "I think he is a great player."
Pugh says that having the chance to play in the all-star game is rewarding. "It means your hard has finally paid off," he says. "It is kind of the same thing with committing. Your hard work is paying dividends. It is amazing to get this type of honor. I am just honored and really humbled by it."