Robert Hughes talks to Weis

It isn't difficult for running back Robert Hughes of Hubbard high school (Chicago, Ill.) to get your attention when you watch one of his football games. He's a strong punishing runner that chews up ground in 10-yard chunks. He's widely considered one of the top prospects in the Midwest and he has the scholarship offers to back that up.

Robert Hughes (5-11, 227 pounds) has over 25 scholarship offers including invitations from the traditional powerhouses in the Midwest Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State. One offer that Hughes hadn't seen was from Notre Dame. His waiting came to an end last week when he placed a call to the Irish coaching staff.

"I called coach Ianello and he put me on the phone with coach Weis," Hughes described of the events leading up to his scholarship offer. "He said that he wanted me to come there. I was like ‘whoa'. It was a big deal.

"We'll see what happens from here. I told him that I just wanted to wait a little while and make sure everything is cool and go through the whole process. They're a great program. They're still in the same place."

One of the first persons that Hughes spoke with after hearing of his scholarship offer was fellow Chicago recruit Martez Wilson. Wilson exploded on the scene in May as he piled up offers from the top programs from across the country.

"He just called me up and congratulated me and said we're 100 percent even with offers now," Hughes said of his conversation with Wilson after receiving his Notre Dame offer.

Hughes has taken several unofficial visits to Notre Dame, and he's trekked to Ann Arbor and Ohio State. He had discussed making additional unofficial visits, but with Hubbard starting fall practice in about a month, he'll likely just take official visits.

"I pretty much have everything that I need to know [about the schools]," Hughes replied when asked if he'd take additional unofficial visits this summer. "I'll probably just wait and take some official visits."

In 2005, Robert rushed for 1,920 yards and was named all-state and all-area by several media outlets in the Chicago area. Top Stories