Hughes has connection to Vols Staff

One of Mississippi's top high school prospect has grown up around football all of his life. With a father that coaches college football, Hattiesburg Oak Grove athlete Jay Hughes is excited but also familiar about the recruiting process as he approaches his senior season in high school. Go inside to see what Hughes has to say about his Tennessee offer.

One of Mississippi's top high school prospect has grown up around football all of his life.

With a father that coaches college football, Hattiesburg Oak Grove athlete Jay Hughes is excited but also familiar about the recruiting process as he approaches his senior season in high school.

Jay's father Tony is the recruiting coordinator at Mississippi State, and has coached at Southern Mississippi and Ole Miss the last few seasons.

One of those coaching stops helped provide Jay's first offer from the University of Tennessee.

Ed Orgeron, the former head coach at Ole Miss who Tony worked for three seasons, is now the recruiting coordinator for the Vols.

"Coach Frank Wilson and Coach Orgeron gave me my first offer from Tennessee," Hughes told InsideTennessee.com Wednesday. "Coaches are like family, Coach Frank came with us to Southern Mississippi, we have been with him for four years, he is a great guy and a great coach, and he is like a part of my family."

The younger Hughes also likes the idea of playing for Orgeron.

"He brings a lot of energy to the game," Hughes said. "He is an outstanding recruiter and is the type coach I would love to play for."

Add in veteran NFL coach Monte Kiffin and it could provide Hughes an exciting situation.

"Coach Monte is one of the best in the business," Hughes said. "They have built an outstanding staff."

Hughes is currently holding offers from Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Duke, Vanderbilt, Tulsa and Louisiana Tech.

Another thing that impresses Hughes is the possibility of playing in front of over 100,000 fans.

"It would be exciting to play at Rocky Top," Hughes said. "Playing my game and having fun doing my thing in front of so many fans."

Hughes is a 5-foot-10, 183-pound athlete who runs a 4.46 forty, is expected to play defensive back at the college level. He has been a three year starter in high school.


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