At an event that attracted 200 prospects from Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, Hughes was presented the trophy as the camp's overall Most Valuable Performer and he was also selected as the top defensive lineman because nobody could come close to stopping him in one-on-one drills.
"I have been putting in the work and my coaches at McComb High have been pushing me hard," Hughes says in explaining why he had such a good performance.
A player who has the quickness of a linebacker, Hughes says he has never lined up there. "I play every position on the defensive line," he says.
As a junior Hughes says he made 73 tackles with 5 1/2 sacks, but is not satisfied with those numbers and he is looking to get better as a senior. If his camp performance is a good indication, that is happening.
Hughes, who used to play baseball, too, says he is concentrating on football in hopes of playing that sport in college. He says he is being recruited by Mississippi State, Southern Miss and others. He notes that although colleges are looking, none have offered scholarships yet.
Chris Hughes (53) blows by an offensive lineman in Saturday's Auburn MVP camp.
Hughes says he is a good student at McComb and adds, "I don't get in trouble."
Not a big defensive lineman compared to many of the prospects at the camp, Hughes relied on his technique extremely quick first step and technique to be successful. He measured in at just under 6-1 and weighed 248 pounds.
Asked if he has a favorite college football team, Hughes says that he grew up a fan of the Texas Longhorns."I like their coach and their history," he says. "Early Campbell (former Texas running back) is one of my favorite players."
However, right now, he is just looking for offer number one and is willing to listen to college coaches who are interested. If the dozen or so coaches who were as instructed as the MVP Camp are good judges of talent, that offer shouldn't be long in coming.