Alabama LB planning Clemson official

Looking to add one more linebacker in the 2010 recruiting class, the Clemson coaching staff has been in touch with this Alabama defender on a regular basis in recent weeks.

LB Chris Hughes Profile

Mobile (AL) W.P. Davidson HS has already produced one standout for the Clemson defense in middle linebacker Brandon Maye. The Tigers have their sights set on another prospect: 2010 outside linebacker/safety Chris Hughes. The two keep in touch and talk regularly.

"I talk to Brandon on about a weekly basis," Hughes said. "We always try to talk. He was probably the reason why I got my offer. He was talking to the coaches about me and I got film to him and he got it to the coaches.

"They said they liked it, so I got an offer a couple of days later in the spring."

Hughes is a three star prospect and ranked as the 95th best outside linebacker prospect by Scout.com. He recently told CUTigers that his three favorite schools are Clemson, Mississippi State and Mississippi.

Busy his own season and academics, Hughes didn't put much time into recruiting. It's paid off too. He just got word that he scored a 21 on the ACT.

He plans to start scheduling official visits in the upcoming weeks. Those will include his three favorite schools along with Louisville and South Carolina.

"My decision will probably be pretty soon," Hughes said. "I wanted to wait until after the season so it wouldn't be a distraction during the season. Most likely, it'll be in the next few weeks after I make my official visits and feel comfortable with all the schools I wanted to see."

Davidson lost 10-7 to Prattville in the third round of the Alabama 6-A state playoffs. Hughes missed five games this season because of a partial tear in his Achilles and a broken heel bone he suffered during the first week of practice. Since he missed almost half of the season, Hughes didn't keep up with his stats. As a junior, he made 118 tackles (71 solo), seven tackles for a loss, one sack, two caused fumbles, three interceptions, two pass breakups and four hurries.

Though he wouldn't mind playing either outside linebacker or safety at the next level, he'd prefer safety. That's where he's being recruited to play by defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.

"I want to try to go to a school that's not in a real big city so I can focus on my academics and my football," Hughes said. "A place where the coaches care about you more than what you do on the field--they really care about what you do besides football, like in academics and being a man."

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