Hughes Thought About Committing

Mike Hughes has made two campus visits since the football season ended. Both trips have been to North Carolina, with the most recent being for Fedora's Freak Show.

"It went well," Hughes said. "I enjoyed myself. This time, I actually preformed. I competed against some of the top athletes. It showed me there are some things I need to work on, but I was pretty pleased with my performance."

Hughes, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete, stars at quarterback for New Bern (N.C.). But on Saturday he worked out exclusively at cornerback under Dan Disch's guidance.

"I felt like he's someone I could definitely see myself playing for," Hughes said.

Disch also happens to recruit Hughes's area.

"We have a great relationship," Hughes said. "It's been building since my sophomore year, so it's growing pretty strong and he's a great guy."

Hughes was among the standouts during position and one-on-one drills, which is to be expected. However, when the camp concluded with a dodgeball game, Hughes was one of the better players, helping his team win the tournament and defeat the "all-star" team of UNC coaches.

"That was just pretty natural right there," Hughes said with a laugh. "It was all about fun. I just had a good time."

The inclusion of the dodgeball game gave Hughes a unique perspective of the UNC coaching staff.

"It showed that they have a great personality," Hughes said. "They like to have fun, but then again they take the football thing serious. But they like to pull something out of the box at the last minute."

At the camp's conclusion, Fedora called up the nine UNC pledges who participated in the Freak Show and asked them to stand behind him in front of the campers. He then challenged the campers "Who's next?" prompting Juval Mollette, Javarius Davis and Nick Polino to join the group and essentially verbally commit.

"I thought real strong about [jumping up and committing], but I'm going to be patient about it," Hughes said.

Hughes hopes to make a verbal commitment before the football season starts. Though he denies a leader, he says a handful of schools have separated themselves.

"Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio State, NC State – those are probably the top schools," Hughes said. "The coaches and myself have great relationships. I like the football programs. This summer I hope to visit all of them."

Of those schools, Hughes has yet to visit Ohio State and South Carolina.

In addition to his top five, Hughes aims to also visit Auburn and Tennessee, which have offered him, as well as Alabama, Georgia, and LSU, which have yet to offer.

UNC appears to be in a great position with Hughes heading into his final group of summer trips.

"It's a great school and if I decided to stay in-state, they probably would be at the top of the list," Hughes said.

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