RB Robert Hughes is Welcoming Everybody

Chicago Hubbard High School is familiar to Michigan fans as the school that produced current Wolverine sophomore defensive tackle Marques Walton. Another top prospect has emerged from Hubbard in running back Robert Hughes. The U.S. Army Jr. Combine attendee spoke with GoBlueWolverine.com about his offers, and visit plans.

Minnesota was the latest to offer running back Robert Hughes of Hubbard High School in Chicago, bringing the total number of offers to eight - Illinois, Virginia, Purdue, Michigan, Kansas State, Mississippi State, and Oklahoma State join the Gophers. Hughes said Virginia was the first, and Illinois the second. "I really like Coach (Ron) Zook, he's a cool guy," Hughes said. "He and coach Reggie Mitchell call me the 'mini-bus'."

The 5-foot-11, 227-pound Hughes said he has no favorites at this time. "I'm welcoming everybody," he said. "It's still early and I haven't sent any tape out yet, so I need to do that. I want to make sure every school gets to check that, then I'll see what offers I get after that."

Hughes said he has attended Junior Days at Iowa, Ohio State, and Michigan, and briefly touched on what he liked about each campus. "The Woody Hayes Center at Ohio State was incredible," he said. "You're in there and you see all the All-Americans, and all the trophies and top players that have gone there, and it's pretty amazing.

"Michigan was my favorite campus. I really enjoyed it up there and I think they have great fan support. We went to the Wisconsin basketball game and had a great time.

"Iowa is a smaller school but it offers everything a big school offers. They impressed me with their focus on academics first. We sat down for a long talk with their academic support person. My goal right now is to major in business, but that could change."

Spring practice in now in full swing for most colleges, and Hughes is planning on catching a few spring games. "I'll be heading to the Notre Dame, Michigan, and Oklahoma spring games," he said. "I'm going to try to get to Virginia's, but that's not certain yet." Virginia is home to another Hubbard alum in sophomore safety Nate Lyles. "He's been real helpful in telling me what the process is like," Hughes said. "He's not pressuring me to go anywhere; he's just telling me to make the right decision for me."

That decision may come later, rather than sooner as Hughes wants to make sure his choice is perfect, and doesn't want to change his mind down the road. "I feel like a commitment is not only to the school, but to your future teammates," he said. "I see a lot of players decommitting and I don't think that's a good thing. So I think I'll probably go a little late with my decision so I am completely sure I make the right choice. I still need to sit down with my family and discuss a lot of things, like distance from home and all that."

Hughes said he plans on attending the Nike combine at Ohio State, as well as the Scout.com combine at Iowa on April 22. He said he also may attend the Scout.com combine at Louisville on May 20.

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