Hughes Visits Iowa City

Chicago running back Robert Hughes already has four scholarship offers under his belt. The 6-foot, 227-pounder, from Chicago (Hubbard) attended Iowa's junior day this past Saturday in Iowa City and we asked Hughes if the Hawkeyes became his fifth scholarship offer.

"Iowa didn't offer me," Robert Hughes said. "I sat down with the Iowa coaches and they told me that I didn't have film on me yet and they weren't going to offer without watching film.

"The visit was great. I really liked Iowa a lot. The campus is really nice, the facilities were also very nice. I got to the football facility in the morning and they showed all of us a video of the 2005 football season.

"The Iowa coaching staff showcased the University and that was cool. Iowa has a lot to offer. The basketball game was off the hook, the fans at Iowa are really crazy and behind their teams. The atmosphere was crazy."

Hughes has scholarship offers from Illinois, Purdue, Virginia and Michigan. Robert told us last night that Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Illinois, Purdue, Iowa and Ohio State are his current favorites.

Hughes camped at Virginia as a freshman and the Hoos have Robert's former teammate, Nate Lyles, on scholarship. Virginia could be a real player for Hughes come next winter.

"Oh yea, I really like Virginia." Hughes said. "I camped there as a freshman and I made a good friend in (quarterback) Peter Lalich. We still keep in touch and saw each other in San Antonio again.

"Nate (Lyles) was a mentor of mine when he was here at Hubbard. He tells me that he loves it at Virginia so I'm thinking hard about visiting them.

"This weekend, I'm loading up the car with some of my teammates and we're going to Ohio State. I can't wait to see what they have to offer. I've heard a lot of great things about Ohio State and I can't wait to see the stadium and facilities.

"When I play College Football 2006 for Playstation, I love being Ohio State because they always have the loudest fans."

Hughes rushed for 1,920 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior and was named all-state.

Hawkeye Insider Top Stories