Hughes Adds Name to IU Commit List

Bloomington – As Kofi Hughes weighed his college options, he couldn't forget about his little brother.

Bloomington – As Kofi Hughes weighed his college options, he couldn't forget about his little brother.

The 6-2, 200-pound athlete from Indianapolis Cathedral found himself looking at the coaches and the facilities and the educational opportunities from various schools and programs, but also had his younger brother in mind as well.

"I couldn't forget my little brother – he cries whenever I stay somewhere else overnight," Hughes joked. "So staying close to home was a big priority for me."

Hughes will do just that, as he verbally committed to play football at Indiana in the last couple of days. Hughes becomes the 21st member of Indiana's football class.

Hughes said coaches, facilities, education and location were his four pieces of criteria that he used when deciding on his college, and in the end no one could match what Indiana had to offer.

"Everywhere I looked, I compared others to IU," Hughes said. "IU was flying colors in all four (categories)."

Hughes was also getting significant interest from Vanderbilt, Wisconsin and Boston College. Vanderbilt was targeting him as a wide receiver but used up its last available scholarship at the position on another prospect. Wisconsin and Boston College, meanwhile, wanted to see Hughes' film from the first couple of games this season, and that wasn't necessarily something Hughes wanted to do as he looks to capture a second straight state title.

"I didn't want to play the first four games thinking about trying to play harder to get noticed and end up being selfish," Hughes said. "Now I'm happy to have my college decision set."

In Hughes, Indiana is getting an exceptional athlete who could play a variety of positions. He plays quarterback at Cathedral, but could wind up being a wide receiver or a defensive back as well in college. He said Indiana's coaches weren't so concerned about which position he winds up at, so long as he decided to see what was the best fit as a member of the Hoosiers.

"We haven't set anything," Hughes said. "The only conversation we've had about that is that they see me as someone who can playing all around. They recruited me for my playmaking ability. They like what I do when I have the ball in my hands."

Hughes becomes the fourth player from the state of Indiana to commit to the Hoosiers in the 2010 class, something that also means plenty to him. He said the IU staff has been selling the idea of keeping the state's best players in-state, and that was one of the things that played into his decision.

"It's overwhelming, then again I'm humbled by (the chance to play at IU)," Hughes said. "I like what they told me in the beginning – we want to build with Indiana kids. I respect that. I like what they are doing. I want to show what I have to offer, and I think I have a lot to bring to the program."


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