The Springville High School football standout says the Tigers were his favorite even before he got his first scholarship from Auburn and says he "loves it" when he visits the AU campus where his brother is a student.
"I had a little bit of an idea that I might get an offer on my visit, but I wasn't sure," says Hughes, who notes that head coach Gene Chizik and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes project the high school junior as a center at the college level.
"I have been a tackle and guard my whole life," Hughes tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I played center a little bit when I was little, but I never played it a whole lot."
The lineman says he wouldn't have any problem making the move to center in college.
Hughes notes that the Auburn coaches like the fact that he is an honor student with a 4.0 grade point average. The lineman says he isn't sure what he wants to study in college, but he has several ideas of what he wants to do after college.
"I want to be like a strength and conditioning coach," he says. "Of course, I would like to play in the pros, which is every player's dream. I am a very big Christian and I am very strong on my faith and I could be called into the ministry."
Hughes, who has been a varsity starter since he was an eighth grader, says he is currently 6-3, 300 pounds. "I am still growing," he says. "I don' have a clue how big I will get. My dad is right at 6-3 or 6-4 and my brother (Josh) is around 6-4 or 6-5."
Hughes says he believes will have a chance to be the first player in the history of Springville High School to start on the varsity for five seasons. "I have started both ways since the eighth grade," says Hughes, who plays noseguard on defense. "I led the team in sacks last year and I was the defensive MVP last year. I think I had eight sacks."
Although he is being recruited by Auburn and other colleges as an offensive lineman, he says he feels he could play on the other side of the ball, too, at the college level. "To tell the truth, I think I can play both, but's that just me. I like either one. I love hitting."
Hughes also competes on the track and field team, and is the 2009 state champion in powerlifting. "My strongest bench was 369.3 pounds, which is a state record for my age (17). On squat I did 500-hundred something and I didn't 500-something on that, too."
The lineman says he enjoyed meeting the Auburn coaches, including head man Gene Chizik. "He is a really down to Earth guy and I really like him," Hughes says. "He is easy to talk to."
He says that OL coach Grimes has a similar personality to Chizik and that he thoroughly enjoyed the visit. "I really like Auburn and the people there," he says. "It is like a family."
Offensive linemen are a high priority for the Tigers and the coaches made that clear to Hughes. He notes that Grimes showed him the depth chart and pointed out there is a great opportunity at center, where the Tigers currently have just one scholarship player--junior center Ryan Pugh.
Earlier this week he participated in the Scout.com Southeast Elite Camp in Tuscaloosa and says he enjoyed the experience.
Chase Hughes (left) does a drill at the Scout camp.
"There was a lot of good competition over there and a lot of good instruction," he says. "I learned to do the L-cone drill, which was very different for me. That was a new one for me. Every one of the coaches seemed to know what they were talking about. It was a great experience."