SMU's commit Hughes doing ok after storm

Major damage was suffered in Galveston and the Houston area due to Hurricane Ike this past weekend. One SMU commitment was lucky that his home and school was spared from most of the damage. Go inside to see how Ben Hughes of Houston's Stephen F. Austin High School has been affected by the storm and his thoughts about SMU.

For one current Southern Methodist University commitment things have been put in proper prospective this week.

After three days without electricity due to the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, Houston's Stephen F. Austin high school lineman Ben Hughes is just happy to that his community and school was spared.

"I'm just very thankful that we were spared any major damage or injury," Hughes told Sunday evening. "School has been cancelled for Monday and Tuesday, our community was pretty much spared. Not having electricity takes some getting use to, but we have it so much better than a lot of people do."

That attitude and a strong work ethic has Hughes planning on doing some volunteer work around the area, helping those that were not as fortunate as his family.

"God spared us," Hughes said. "Others weren't so fortunate, several of my friends and I plan on helping out, doing some clean up in some worse hit areas. That's the least we can do."

Hughes is hoping that his football team will get to play this weekend, but if they don't he realizes there are a lot more important things.

"Of course we want to play," Hughes said. "Our school wasn't damaged much, we may get to practice maybe starting Wednesday. If that happens it will be a short week to get ready. If we don't play, I will miss playing, but there are a lot more important things than football."

Hughes has an older brother overseas in the Marines, his thoughts have been with him recently.

"We tried to get in contact with him to let him know we were ok," Hughes said. "I'm very proud of my brother, fighting for his country."

One way the Hughes family was affected by the lack of electricity was the chance of losing all of their frozen goods in the family freezer.

"We had a huge BBQ for all of our neighbors and friends today," Hughes said. "We cooked over 50 pounds of Ribs, steaks, and all type of meat. We didn't want it to go bad, we took a lot of food to a lot of people in our area."

Hughes got a chance to watch SMU first hand at Rice when the Mustangs came to Houston for the first game of the season.

"I love the offense," Hughes said. "They love to pass a lot and I love to pass block, it's a great fit for me. I'm very confident that we will get it turned around at SMU, I'm looking forward to being a part of that."

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