Eye On Recruiting: Steven Hughes

Palm Bay QB Steven Hughes comes out to Albuquerque for a visit.

In the 10 plus years of writing and radio work I've interviewed hundreds of athletes, and without a doubt interviewing quarterbacks is different. I'm not saying better, just different. Quarterbacks have a different look when you are talking to them, they don't have that crazy I eat raw meat look of a D-lineman, or the, I'm going to crush your skull with my run blocking mentality of an O-lineman.

Quarterbacks have a look about them. They always seem to be a step ahead, trying to read the interviewer like they do a defense on the field. The good ones know they belong, like I said a confidence that I don't notice about any other position. It is an old west gunslingers mentality… A cool confidence!


Tuesday afternoon I had a chance to speak with Palm Bay HS (Melbourne FL) QB Steven Hughes, and the first thing I noticed when I sat down with the QB was that cool confidence.


I asked Hughes why he came all the way out from Florida to Albuquerque for the camp, "I just wanted to see what the school and coaches were about," answered Steven. "My coaches told me I should check it out." And that is exactly what Steven did as he with his father were able to see UNM's campus, check out UNM's football facility, and work out for the Lobo coaches.


Hughes said, "I was measured at 6'2" 195lbs and they clocked me at a 4.9 forty here, but my best time was 4.6. Hughes told me that speed is the number one thing that he is working on this summer.  "I need to get faster, so I'm working on my legs this summer, as well as getting bigger in the weight room."


Hughes stat line last season looked like this. 1,454 yards and 18 touchdowns last season as a junior and he credits those numbers to being, "A smart quarterback with good feet. My coaches also tell me I have very good arm strength and a quick release."


Steven told me he currently holds one offer from Louisiana-Lafayette, and is being looked at by New Mexico, University of South Florida, FAU, Northwestern, and Iowa St. Hughes also said he is going to hit a few more camps in Florida as he feels the recruiting process is mysterious. "You don't know who is thinking what. I just try to do my best to improve my stock," says Steven. "But I'm really enjoying it."


Hughes recently led Palm Bay over Dwyer high school in the Pirates spring game and Steven said based on spring and the team coming back he feels Pirates should be really good, "We should be pretty good. We surprised a lot of people during our spring game as we beat Dwyer, they were #8 in the nation and we beat them 26-18 and we proved we are right there in the nation."


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