Unwrapped: 2009 OL Chase Hughes
It's not often that you hear about a head coach of a BCS football team wondering how a high school offensive line prospect is able to so consistently dominate his competition. But then again, you probably haven't heard of Chase Hughes.
"Coach Harbaugh always talks about how I just pick people up and throw them down on the ground when I'm blocking," Hughes said. "He loves that. He wanted me to show him how I do it but I'm not really sure how I do it. I just do."
One theory would have something to do with Hughes' otherworldly physical strength.
Hughes set an
"I have pretty good technique [as a blocker] but my physical strength is definitely a strong point," Hughes said.
The 6'2, 290-pound mauler has attracted the attention of
a number of colleges, mostly located in the southeast. Hughes has seven offers
Earlier this month, Hughes and his family took an unofficial visit to the one West Coast school that has offered him.
"I went out to Stanford two Thursdays ago," Hughes said. "All the coaches were gone though so we just turned it into a vacation and stayed until the next Friday."
Hughes and his parents spent the first few days of their
"I was amazingly surprised that I had to wear a hoodie in
But even on those warmer
"The food was different but it was really good," Hughes
said. "Down here we have grits and all that country cooking. In
All in all, the Stanford visit left a positive impression on Hughes.
"Well, the Stanford name kind of stands out for itself,"
Hughes said. "It's Stanford - it's the top or one of the top schools in the
world. I also think that their football team is going to be really good. I also
Now, after having taken several college visits to schools
"My top three would probably have to be
For most of the recruiting process, Hughes had actually
With all three schools on equal footing, Hughes is hoping to make a decision before the start of his senior season.
"I'm hoping to decide before the season just so I can concentrate and put every ounce of my thought into the team and having a good season and so I don't have to be worried," Hughes said. "The whole recruiting process is the most confusing thing I've ever done in my life. I think about it all the time because it's a huge part of my life and I don't want to make the wrong choice."
But if for some reason football doesn't work out for
Hughes, he may have a second career in the ever growing field of competitive
eating. At a recent
"I told you my family likes to eat man," Hughes laughed. "I won the cake-eating contest by eating a strawberry shortcake but it was still like halfway frozen so it was really, really cold. I think I ate all of it but some of it probably fell out when I was eating out of the bowl because it was halfway frozen."
As a fan of eating (the non-competitive variety) himself, your favorite ‘husky' Bootleg recruiting reporter asked Hughes if there was any cutting-edge strategy that helped contribute to his victory.
"I actually didn't really have one," Hughes said. "It was just to eat it as fast as I could – that was my strategy. I wanted some water but I couldn't go get any because we were on a baseball field so there really wasn't any water around. I just kind of dug into it with my hands and started eating it as fast as I can. I eat really fast anyway so it wasn't really a problem."
But really, Hughes should have no problem with whatever career path he decides on. He reports a 4.0 high school GPA and scored a 27 on the ACT despite not studying for the test beforehand.
"I'm hoping to bring that up to around a 30," Hughes, who said he wants to one day work as a football strength coach, said. "That's kind of a stretch, but I never studied for the ACT and I got a 27. I just went and took it to see what I could get. I'm going to take a six-week course and take the test again and see if I can bunker down and do well on it."
Hughes is ranked as the 19th best center prospect in
the class of 2010 by Scout.com but has yet to be evaluated by the other oft-mentioned recruiting coverage site.
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