Hughes Continues to Attract Attention

SAN ANTONIO--New Bern (N.C.) 2015 athlete Mike Hughes has impressive numbers as a quarterback, but he prefers things on the other side.

New Bern (N.C.) 2015 athlete Mike Hughes rushed for over 2,000 yards and 27 touchdowns and passed for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, so it is no surprise that he already holds over double-digit offers from some of the top college programs.

What is surprising about the 5-foot-10, 170-pound signal caller is that only some of those schools are recruiting him as a quarterback.


Hughes doesn't just call the shots under center. He is also a lock down corner on the defensive side.

"I am a quarterback, but my primary position is corner, and I like playing DB better," said Hughes, who plays both quarterback and defensive back for New Bern. "It's pretty tough, you have to stay in shape but you get to have more fun with [playing DB], and you get to see some more action then you do when you are just playing quarterback."

Hughes' athletic ability has attracted offers from the likes of Tennessee, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Florida, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina among others, and the Bears stand out recently added an offer from Syracuse just a few weeks ago.

"I think Syracuse was my last offer," Hughes said. "That was about three weeks ago [they offered me] as a corner. It was pretty cool, I guess I could see myself there, but I think that about a lot of schools at this point."

Two schools pushing hard for Hughes are in-state rivals Clemson and South Carolina.

"I probably hear from those two the most," Hughes said. "I know they have a history of producing good DBs so that is pretty important."

But for Hughes, the recruiting process is a two-way street.

"Right now I am open to everyone, but they aren't just recruiting me I am recruiting them as well," Hughes said. "I want to go to a winning program."

He added a few more stipulations: "I want to start, but I know it's not going to be handed to me so I have to work for that, and I want to play as a freshman. That is something that could determine where I go."

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