Focus 2007: RB Robert Hughes (U-M Jr. Day)

A prospect that will be highly recruited in 2006 will be Chicago running back Robert Hughes. The 5-foot-11, 227-pounder, from Hubbard High, will be a four-year varsity starter and was an all-state selection as a junior. Hughes was a standout at the U.S. Army National Combine that was held in earlier this month in San Antonio. Two schools have offered a scholarship.

"Illinois was the first school to offer a scholarship," Robert Hughes said. "Yesterday, Purdue came to my school and told my coach that I have a scholarship offer from them now. I believe it was Coach (Mark) Hagen that was in from Purdue.

"I can't name seven schools right now as favorites. Can I just name everyone? I don't want to shut out anyone right now. There are a lot of schools that I'm thinking about.

"Miami has always been my dream school. I've wanted to be a ‘Cane since I was a little kid. I've always liked their running backs.

"The schools that I like the most right now are Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Miami, Illinois, Purdue and LSU. Go ahead and throw in Virginia Tech and Auburn."

What does Hughes feel are his biggest strengths as a running back?

"I can pound the ball," Hughes explained. "I can pound it and wear the defense down and then I can use my speed to get to the outside. I've worked hard on my hands and I can catch the ball out of the backfield. I want to be a complete back.

"I've been working out with a personal trainer for a while now and I'm always working on my strength and my speed. Speed, speed, speed, that's what I'm working on now. I want to get faster."

Hughes told that he'll be leaning on a couple of people when it comes time to pick a school.

"My brother (Earl Hughes) and my uncle, E.J. Jones, are going to be the guys who help me with my decision." Hughes said. "My brother is the best running back I've seen. He just played at the wrong school (Taft) in the city and didn't get the looks he should've. That's why he told me that I needed to go to Hubbard, which is a football school.

"My uncle (E.J. Jones) played for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Chicago Bears. He's been around the game for a long time and I'm going to lean on him a lot in the process."

Does Hughes have any visits planned for the near future?

"I'm going to Illinois for their junior day and I think its next weekend." Hughes said. "I've been invited to a lot of basketball games and stuff like that but besides Illinois, I don't have anything set up.

"As far as camps are concerned, I don't know how much I'll do all that this summer. I've been doing the camp thing since I was a sophomore and it's getting to be a little too much. I'll probably visit some schools and maybe a few one-day camps."

Hughes rushed for 1,000 yards as a freshman, 1,034 as a sophomore and 1,920 yards this past season. The Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune both named Hughes an all-state and all-area selection.

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