Hughes Enjoys Camp Visit

One of the top 2011 prospects at Sunday's Texas mini-camp was Klein Oak defensive end Nathan Hughes. The 6-5, 243-pounder took in Texas for the second since April and came away impressed again. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Hughes this afternoon after his visit.

The Texas Longhorns second mini-camp was a smashing success on Sunday with many of the top 2011 prospects in the state in attendance. One of the top handful of prospects on hand was Klein Oak 2011 strong side defensive end Nathan Hughes.

At 6-5 and 243 pounds with power, quickness, lateral movement and the ability and desire to chase the ball, the latest Klein Oak star player has everything college coaches are looking for. On Sunday, the Longhorn coaching staff got an up close look at the talented end.

"Camp was fun," said Hughes. "I had a good time. We got there, Coach Mack Brown talked to us for a while about the program and then they took us to the facility to stretch. We went through the same stretches the players at Texas do. We ran a 20-yard dash, a 20-yard shuttle and then went to eat lunch. The staff talked to us about recruiting. After lunch, we worked with our position coaches and worked a lot on pass rushing."

As is always the case, the one on one's are attention grabbers for the prospects. Sunday was more of the same. Hughes received praise from Oscar Giles as well as getting to know a couple of other 2011 defensive end prospects.

"We did one on one's last. James Rushing, Cedric Reed and I talked a lot. James Rushing has been to a lot of camps and this was my first, so he told me what to expect and what we were going to do before we did it. Coach Giles kept telling me good job, so I think I did well. I think I got an "A"," Hughes said.

Hughes, who lists Texas as his early favorite, says he isn't sure if he will take in another camp as he works hard to prepare for the upcoming season.

"I don't know if I'll go to another camp right now. We are working out getting ready for the season. We work out four days a week at the school," Hughes said.

Hughes, at 6-5, and 243 pounds, is coming off of a monster sophomore season for the 9-3 Panthers despite missing two games with a minor injury. In 10 games, the talented all-around end with rare leadership qualities recorded 83 tackles, 22 quarterback hurries, 17 tackles for loss, six sacks and two forced fumbles.

Hughes was named defensive player of the week for the Panthers twice during the season. The first time was against Westfield after recording nine tackles; seven quarterback hurries, two sacks and two tackles for loss. The second award was after an otherworldly effort against CyCreek in a playoff win.

The then 6-5, 215-pound end racked up 17 tackles, four quarterback hurries, two tackles for loss and one sack a week after a 13 tackle, five quarterback hurry, two tackles for loss and one sack performance in a first round playoff win over Oak Ridge.


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