"They came down for our morning agilities a couple weeks ago," Hughes recalled. "He (Clark Lea) saw me and said he liked the way I presented myself. A couple weeks past after that, and my coach had told me to call him. So I called and he told me they were offering. The team and the staff said they were offering me a scholarship and they wanted me to come visit in June sometime.
"I was real excited because I've always wanted to play in New York in big time lights and stuff. I just like the area, New York City, and that area of the United States. My dad, he was in the Navy so he took me up there because he said it was beautiful, and I really liked it."
A visit would be very important to the Tucker High (GA) linebacker. It would allow him to get to know the Syracuse program on a different level to see if it's the right fit.
"I would love to," Hughes admitted. "I'm looking forward to the academics. I really want to go and get my education and get my degree. I'm looking for a real good academic school for college. I'm going to look up the academic stuff for Syracuse on the internet."
Still relatively early in the process for Hughes, he says there are no favorites right now. However, there is one school that stands out despite the lack of an offer.
"I don't know, I'm just trying to weight my options right now," Hughes said. "I want to look and see what's ahead of me. Furman, UAB offered me a few days ago, and Buffalo. Buffalo says they really like me.
"I'm letting everyone stand on equal ground right now. I'm trying to go visit all these places before I make any decisions right now. I think it's going to go into my senior season. It depends because if I play really well, then more offers might come and I might get better options. I'm really looking forward to North Carolina State. That's where I'd really want to go."