Oxford High School Football Coach Johnny Hill has been the beneficiary of several transfer students through the years, some of them sons of Ole Miss coaches.
In 2005, his 13-1 Chargers had a starting cornerback who came to Oxford from Ruston, LA, named Jamison Hughes, a 6-1, 205-pounder with 4.5 40 speed who happens to be the son of Ole Miss DB Coach Tony Hughes.
Jamison instantly caught his eye.
"First of all, Jamison is a great kid. Being a coaches' son, he has good discipline and is a fine kid. He does what you ask him to do to the best of his ability," said Hill. "Jamison understands the team concept, working hard and all the intangibles that make a player good.
"Physically, he is very gifted. He's a big corner, he's physical and likes the contact part of football and he's fast and quick. Jamison would probably time in the mid 4.5s in the 40, but his football speed is faster than that. He has another gear when he needs it."
Hill recalls the North Half AAAA Finals against West Point. A West Point back broke into the open and appeared to be headed for a long score.
"Jamison was 15 yards behind him and sucked him up like he was standing still, and I can tell you that West Point was the fastest team we played and that back was fast," Hill continued. "He's just got that extra bit great ones have. It's not surprising to me he was offered by Ole Miss early on and has gotten early attention from Auburn, Indiana, Florida, Florida State and others."
Jamison took the first offer that came his way, committing to Ole Miss due primarily to his Dad.
"I like everything about Ole Miss, but my Dad was the main reason I'm making up my mind," he noted. "I want a chance to be coached by my Dad. I like the whole staff too."
Jamison collected 52 tackles, 1 interception and had 7 pass breakups his junior year at Oxford. As a sophomore, he played in Ruston and had 22 tackles, 6 passes broken up, 2 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries.
"I believe my strength is being physical in man situations. I am pretty good in man coverage. I work hard and play hard. I also have pretty good speed and quickness for someone my size," he said. "I need to get my size up, my speed down and work on my vertical, but I've got time to do all of that."
Jamison's goals for his senior year are high ones.
"I want to be named to the Dandy Dozen team, make All-State and help lead Oxford to a state title," he closed. "Then I will focus on being the best college player I can be."
Hughes is the 5th commitment of 2007 for Coach Ed Orgeron and his staff.
Jamison Hughes commits to Rebs
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