For some young prospects, the lure of a big city can be a strong pull. The complete opposite could be the case for Reggie Hughes, out of Calabasas High (40 minutes outside of Los Angeles).
The 4-star outside linebacker has WSU in his top 5 and said a big reason why the Cougs are there is because of… Pullman’s mom and pop stores?
“I visited for the spring game and spent time in Pullman and Spokane,” Hughes told CF.C. “I liked the small town (in Pullman). It’s very unique and quite different from anywhere else. There were a lot of mom and pop stores, which you don’t see that often.
“I thought that was truly special. That shows how small the city is, but also how close-knit the community is as well. That really gives it its own stamp. Everything is like one big family over there.”
Hughes’ top five includes WSU, UCLA, Arizona State, Oregon State and Michigan State. He’s taken unofficial visits to all of those programs, except for MSU.
With the Cougars, both first-year assistant Derek Sage and defensive coordinator Alex Grinch have been running the recruitment of the 6-2, 213-pounder.
“The coaching staff is amazing,” Hughes said of WSU. “I really liked what they’ve been telling me about the scheme of the defense and the potential for playing time.
“They like how physical I am. They need someone to come in and get to the QB. They want a Von Miller-type player. They think I’m that guy and have told me they really want me to join the program.”
In addition to the mom and pop stores, though, the Pullman faithful also made an impact on Hughes.
“The Cougs have an amazing fan base,” he said. “It’s all about the football team over there. They’re the center of attention and the end all be all. When I was at the spring game, I saw how jacked up the fans get.”
The 2018 prospect said he’s hoping to commit “sooner than later” and is planning on pulling the trigger at some point this summer.
At the latest, he said, it’ll come right before Week 1 of his senior football season.
Here are some more recruiting notes for you:
• Over the weekend, the WSU staff had an unofficial visit from 4-star wide receiver Delon Hurt, a source confirmed with Cougfan.com. Hurt posted to his Twitter account to announce he had arrived to the Palouse. He’s ranked the No. 67 WR in the country by Scout. We’re working the phones to try and connect with him.
• Speaking of visits, WSU will be hosting 3-star WR Jalin Cooper this weekend for an unofficial visit. Cooper, out of upstate New York, has been high on the Cougars for quite some time.
• In the JUCO ranks, WSU extended a new offer to JUCO LB Quen Head last week. The 6-2, 205-pounder stars for Hutchinson CC in Kansas. He also holds tenders from Memphis, Utah, Troy and many others.
• Over the weekend, the Cougs offered Hawaiian offensive tackle Julius Buelow. The 6-7, 310-pounder also holds offers from Arizona State, Utah, Oregon State and others.