Hughes Loves Texas

Linebacker Naashon Hughes was one of the few defenders to make his way to the Longhorns' Junior Day I. Find out what the Harker Heights prospect had to say about his visit Sunday.

"It really was a great time," Hughes said. "I enjoyed myself a lot. I enjoyed getting to see and meet all the other athletes out there."

Hughes said he wasn't necessarily surprised by anything on the visit, because he went along with brother, and current Longhorn Camrhon Hughes, on Camrhon's Junior Day visit last year.

"Everything that I saw yesterday, I saw with him before," Hughes said. "We went to the weight room, met with Coach [Mack] Brown, sat down with the academics staff, had a question-and-answer section and then went and met with the position coaches.

That's where things got interesting. Hughes said Texas sees him as a "hybrid defensive back", albeit one who would be coached by defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Manny Diaz. Think Demarco Cobbs.

"That would be really easy for me," Hughes said. "That's what I do now at my high school."

And Hughes does it well. But that didn't mean that he came out of Austin with an offer. In fact, Hughes was the only attendee Sunday who wasn't offered. But he said that didn't dampen his spirits.

"They didn't offer anybody at my position," Hughes said. "They had such a heavy recruiting class last year that they want to evaluate (the linebackers)."

Texas is only expected to take one linebacker in this class, especially after taking four in last year's group.

In addition to Texas, Hughes said he's hearing from Oklahoma and LSU, and recently started receiving attention from South Carolina, Notre Dame and Oregon.

"Most of them want me for that same kind of position," Hughes said. "Although some want me as a straight DB."

Hughes, who has been clocked at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash and is aiming for a time in the 4.4 range the next time he runs, certainly has the athleticism.

"Right now, recruiting is really an open book for me," Hughes said. "I'm getting all the information from everybody I can right now, and I'm just trying to make everything out.

"I really enjoyed my trip," Hughes said. "I loved Texas, and everything they had there."


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