Cody Hughes, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive lineman from Norman North High in Okla., played his first three season for Moore, but he is now lining up for the top ranked team in 6A.
"It feels great," Hughes explained. "I went from losing at Moore, not that I am trying to dog Moore, but I went from losing at Moore to winning all of these games and being number one in the state and having everybody talk about you and stuff. It just feels great."
"I do not think there is any pressure on us (here). We just go out there and play every week. We try to play like a number one team and we try to practice like a number one team. That is our main goal, and we are just all excited about."
Hughes earned All-Combine honors the Scout.com Combine in Kansas City as sophomore and looked to be on a fast track to gain some good offers, but a knee injury in the spring slowed his recruiting progression.
"It was at the Nike camp," Hughes said of his injury. "I tore the meniscus and I had cartilage damage. I tore my meniscus and I was only going to be out two to three weeks, but when I went in to surgery they noticed some cartilage damage, so they had to fix it."
"At first they thought that I might have to miss my whole season. That kind of put me back a little bit, but I am 100 percent now. I have just worked very hard in physical therapy to get to where I am at now."
Everyone that has been through a rigorous physical therapy ordeal knows that it takes a special type of person to come out ahead of schedule, and that work ethic has translated well to the field for Hughes, as he looks to be playing better than he ever has before.
Throughout the first three weeks of the season he has been handling some of the state's best defensive linemen. In week one he took care of Norman's Jack Jewell, in week two he handled Muskogee's Robert Thomas, and in week three he fared well against Westmoore's Cameron Pound and Mason Myers.
"I really do feel like I am coming to my own," Hughes informed. "I feel like I am getting better every week. I really do feel like I am maturing with my blocking and my assignments. I can point out the blitzes and I have a lot better vision and awareness than I have ever had. I feel a lot more mature and that has allowed me to play with a more aggressive style of play."
Hughes has yet to reel in his first offer, but it may only be a mater of time after schools get the chance to watch some of his senior highlight footage.
"OU is a school that is talking to me a lot," Hughes said of the schools that are showing him the most interest. "OSU of course is always on my list. Nebraska came out to Spring last year and they like what they saw. They have been inviting me to games and stuff. Kansas has stayed with me, which is really good and then Tulsa."
This past weekend OU coaches Brent Venables and Kevin Wilson were at Norman North watching the game, and Hughes definitely noticed their presence.
"I saw Coach Venables and Coach Wilson there the other night. They are recruiting me pretty good. It feels great to have them come out and watch me play and it feels great to be good enough to have them come out and watch me and watch our team," Hughes admitted.
"They have been talking to me for a good while. I talk to them a lot. I talk to Coach Patton. I attended their summer camp, but I was not able to work out because of knee. I talked to Coach Stoops and they seem really interested."