"I went to Ohio State on an unofficial for one of their junior days – to a basketball game when they played Michigan," Hughes said. "I liked it a lot. I like the Horseshoe stadium (Ohio Stadium). Campus was nice. I came back this summer for the Nike camp."
The Buckeyes already have commitments from two running backs, Piqua's Brandon Saine and Warren Harding's Daniel "Boom" Herron. Signing three seems like a long-shot. Although, there are those that believe Saine will become a wide receiver in college.
When asked to gauge his interest in Ohio State, Hughes said, "I'm highly interested."
"I don't have any favorites," he said.
Hughes added that he is "not sure" which schools he will visit officially – other than OSU – although one would have to think Notre Dame would be one of them.
Hughes (5-11, 228, 4.6) is a power running back who also has the speed to take it the distance. He is ranked as the No. 17 RB prospect in the country by Scout.com. As a junior in 2005, he rushed for 1,920 yards and was named all-area and all-state by several media outlets in the Chicago area. He also reached 1,000 rushing yards as a freshman and sophomore.
When asked what he likes about Ohio State, Hughes did not hesitate.
"I love the tradition – they've had a lot of great running backs," he said. "The stadium, and I like the coaches."
Hughes is being recruited by OSU running backs coach Dick Tressel.
"I have good conversations with Doc Tressel," he said.
College football fans should not expect a decision from Hughes any time soon.
"I think I'm going to stick it out and make it interesting," he said.
Hughes reports a 2.5 core GPA and 17 on the ACT. He recently re-took the test.