Hughes Is The Newest Ute

The Las Vegas CB commited to Utah, a place he feels is just like home.

It's not every day that you hear someone compare the cities of Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, but for Legacy High School CB Casey Hughes, that's the exact reason he decided to shut down his recruitment and commit to the University of Utah. Hughes felt that Utah was his best option due to family environment, and how comfortable he felt during his official visit. "I just felt at home. It felt a lot like Las Vegas to me, but obviously without the casinos, and it snows there. They also have good academics and I got along with all the coaches and players while I was on my visit.

During his recruitment, Hughes was primarily talking to TE's coach Jay Hill, but with Hill accepting the head coaching job at Weber State University, the Utah coaching staff had to shuffle around what coach was going to take over Hughes' recruitment. "Coach Hill was my recruiter and I had a good relationship with him, but he left and so Coach Shah is my recruiter now, and we have a real good relationship. I really like him." As for the coaching staff's plan for Hughes once he steps on campus, Hughes says they want him to play corner back, as well as contribute to special teams. "They want me to come in and play corner back, and they also want me to return kicks, so I'm excited for that."

At 6'1-190 lbs, Hughes has the size to play in the PAC 12, but his speed is probably his best attribute as a player. As a track athlete, Hughes runs a sub 10.6 100 meter dash, and so his speed will be a welcome addition to a secondary that sorely needs an upgrade in just that area. Before making the decision to commit, Hughes was hearing from a number of schools, including multiple PAC 12 schools. "I had offers from Oregon State, Colorado, San Diego State, UNLV, Nevada, Utah State and I was starting to hear from Washington." Although he has a lot of schools still recruiting him, the Las Vegas CB says he's done with the recruiting process and is shutting down any future visits.

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