Ben Hughes Commits To Oklahoma State

Defensive tackle Ben Hughes of Waco (University), Texas has had one of those weeks involving both good news and bad news. The bad news is that the 6-3, 300-pound prospect is finished for the season after suffering a knee injury last week. The good news is that Hughes made a commitment to Oklahoma State, head coach Mike Gundy and defensive coordinator Bill Young.

"My dad said I really needed to do something and it was his advice," said Ben Hughes when he returned our calls from earlier in the week. "The Vanderbilt coach said his last scholarship was going to a safety. I needed to do something and I decided to commit to OSU."

Hughes said Oklahoma State had been one of his top schools, and he also was hearing a lot from TCU, who said they really wanted him on their team.

"Tulsa, the Ragin Cajuns, and Kansas were also recruiting me a lot," added Hughes.

Baylor, Minnesota, Mississippi State and Indiana were other schools that had reportedly offered Hughes. We don't have any stats on Hughes through the first seven games of the 2012 season, but as a junior he was credited with 87 total tackles and six sacks, big numbers for an inside technique defensive tackle.

"I feel good about it, but I hate to be done. The doctors said it was an MCL/PCL injury and it will be four to six weeks," explained Hughes. "I will be out there at the stadium tomorrow when we play Burleson."

University has a 4-3 record overall and is 2-2 in District 8-4A. Hughes did not say when he might take a visit or if he was going to be at any OSU home games later this season.

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