Hughes chose Mississippi State over offers from Alabama and Ole Miss. Ultimately, MSU won out due to two primary reasons.
"Really, it was Coach Thompson and being able to learn from him," said Hughes. "And the first time I step on the field (at Mississippi State) I thought it was a really nice place. Stepping on the field and looking into the outfield and knowing there would be a lot of fans there, I couldn't wait to play there."
He's also excited to see so many of the other top players in the state of Mississippi committed to Mississippi State.
"It's exciting that so many of the Mississippi State commitments are Mississippi players," said Hughes, one of six class of 2015 Mississippi players committed to Mississippi State. "They are some of the top players in the state of Mississippi. It's been really good to get to know them and then know that I will be playing with them in the future."
in addition to keeping up with his future teammates, Hughes also stays in contacts with the two coaches who are his primary recruiters for Mississippi State, assistant coaches Nick Mingione and Butch Thompson.
"Mingione and Thompson are my recruiters but it's more Mingione," said Hughes. "I love Mingione a whole lot. He's really energetic. And Thompson really knows a whole lot about baseball. It's really nice listening to him and learning from him. I can't wait to go up (to Mississippi State) and learn more from him."
In addition to learning from Thompson, Hughes also studies the Mississippi State game box scores, sometimes pitch by pitch.
"I like to see what State is doing," he said. "I like to see what they are working on and I can work on that more. Really, it's fun to see who all is pitching, how they are pitching. I like to look at the game a lot."
Hughes describes himself as a student of the game when it comes to his pitching.
"I study the hitters because I really like to see what I am up against," said Hughes. "I like to see what their tendencies are."
He throws four different type pitches, a four-seam fastball, a two-seam fastball, a changeup and a slider.
"I throw a two-seam and four-seam fastball," said Hughes, who throws his four-seam fastball in the 87-90 miles per hour range and his two-seam in the 85-87 range. "My changeup is more of a pitch that drops. My slider goes into the left a little bit then it drops. Really, my changeup is more of an out pitch."
This season, Hughes was 11-1 with a 1.21 ERA. He threw 11 complete games. In 75.1 innings he allowed 55 hits, walked 16 and struck out 101.
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