He reminisced the day he received the news.
"We were working out, and my coach called me down to his office. I was wondering what was going on. I walked in, all the coaches were sitting there, and my head coach said, 'You just got offered.'"
Hughes laughed, "My emotion, at first, was calm, but only because I was tired from all our running. Then it sunk in and I was almost surprised."
An athletic 6-foot-3, 300-pounder with four stars, one of the top 25 defensive tackles in the nation, surprised?
"I didn't think I was going to get an offer this early," he said. "I thought maybe next year, next season. But I was so happy it happened."
(Safe to say, one of the most modest defensive tackles in the nation, as well.)
"My coach told me I'm the first football player ever, out of University High, to get an offer as a junior. So that was pretty cool."
And this is just the beginning. As Hughes stated previously, the Gamecocks of South Carolina sit on the brink.
He explained, "My dad's been talking to the South Carolina coaches, and he told me the other day, you might end up having another offer soon."
Texas and Texas A&M are the only two schools he has visited.
"I visited UT my sophomore year, and I went back a couple weeks ago during my regional powerlifting meet in Austin… I talked to the defensive coordinator. He said they're very interested in me."
"I was supposed to go to A&M's junior day, but couldn't go with regionals. But I went there my sophomore year. It was nice."
Hughes said, due to personal reasons, he does not know what trips he will make this spring and summer, noting, "We'll have to see."
The big DT was planning to be at the Nike Skills Camp in Dallas Sunday, but instead will be at the State Powerlifting Meet in Abilene, where he looks forward to topping his ability to squat 580 lbs, bench 315, and dead lift 535.