These days, Nathan Hughes is hearing a lot of good news about college opportunities, something he could not have fathomed a season ago.
“To be up to almost double-digit offers is shocking, and certainly wasn’t something that I expected this early,” Hughes said. “I had always been starting for the team, but to be the prospect that college coaches want for their program, it is a big honor.”
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end has offers in from Arkansas, Baylor, Houston, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Texas A&M.
With plenty of time until decision day, that number should grow – making Hughes’ process all the more difficult.
“I would like to have a decision sometime before my senior season, but I know it is going to be hard with all these different schools showing me love,” he said. “I don’t have any leaders right now, but this next semester headed into the summer should start clearing things up for me.”
The Klein Oak High standout defensive end finished his junior season with 86 tackles, 11 sacks and two forced fumbles, numbers good enough to earn his scholarship from the LSU staff in early December.
With high school teammate Luke Muncie, who is committed to the Tigers for the 2010 class, already in his ear, Hughes admitted that LSU would be one of his top teams of interest as the process plays out.
“When I made it to Baton Rouge for the Florida game, Luke was trying to show me all the ins and outs of the campus and the traditions and stuff like that, and it was amazing to just be a part of,” he said. “When the Gators stomped on the eye at midfield and the Tigers all ran to stop them, I could barely stand still. The crowd just got so loud.
“LSU’s atmosphere is simply like no other,” he added. “That is what caught my eye, and really when I started paying attention to what LSU had going on.”
With a family involved in the military, Hughes has spent time all across the map – from Alaska to Asia. That means that distance will mean little come crunch time.
“I have an open mind for it all,” Hughes said. “I have lived a lot of places, but I do like Texas and this area of the country more than most places.”