Hughes Weighing His Options

Harker Heights OL Chris Hughes recaps his offer from Texas Tech and breaks down what he's looking for in a program in the following interview with RaiderPower.com.

Harker Heights offensive tackle Christopher Hughes plays a vital role on the offense for head coach Jerry Edwards, protecting the quarterback and paving the way for the Knight running back corps.

Hughes holds a Big 12 offer from Kansas, and added another one from Texas Tech in March.

Coach Lee Hays is Hughes' primary recruiter, projecting the 6-foot-5, 260-pound prospect along the offensive line at the next level.

"[Coach Hays] loves the way I play the game and he thinks that I could adapt to his offensive line," Hughes said. "He says I'm very well-rounded and that I have quick feet, and that I could really enhance the offensive line."

It would seem that the coaching staff is recruiting lighter at the position this season, going after more Le'Raven Clark-type prospects who have thinner, more athletic frames. Hughes joins Texas Tech commit Emoree Giddens, from Lubbock Coronado as a fairly light offensive line prospect to be offered by Hays and company.

"Coach Kingsbury introduced himself, and we talked for a little bit. He was just saying that he was happy to give me an offer."

Hughes likes the Red Raider coaching staff and is building a relationship with them.

"When you talk to them, you can tell what kind of guys they are. They sound respectful, they sound like they have good morals. They have a lot to offer and they can do a lot for me, like they can help me transform my game."

Hughes plans on visiting a camp this summer and wants to check out a game in Lubbock this fall.

When discussing what he's looking for in a school, Hughes talked about the importance of academic prestige along with a family atmosphere. Hughes is not limiting his options to those schools which are closest to home, either.

"I want to wait to see what I have, I want to see where I'm going to play and what they have to offer academically. How I feel about the people there, if I feel at home, and if I feel appreciated. I want to actually learn something and leave the place better than when I came in. I don't really care about location. It doesn't have to be close to home."

While the Harker Heights lineman doesn't have an official timeline, he would like to commit later on in the process, around National Signing Day.

Hughes holds scholarship offers from Kansas, North Texas, Texas Tech, and Utah State. He reports interest from TCU, Baylor, Texas, OU, Oklahoma State, and Texas State.

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