Hughes has Husky offer

Daymeion Hughes is a 5-11, 178-pound athlete from Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw, and growing up he idolized Emmitt Smith and later, Peter Warrick. It's that type of versatility that has Pac-10 schools looking hard at Hughes as someone who can make a difference on either side of the ball. Hughes knows where he wants to play and has the stats to back it up.

"I like offense better," Hughes told "On offense you control what you do. On defense you have to react. I like to be able to control my destiny." Hughes runs a 4.5 40 and ran a 4.28 shuttle at the USC NIKE camp back in the spring. He also had a vertical leap of 30 inches and repped 185 pounds 4 times on the bench.

Daymeion had 2000 all-purpose yards for Crenshaw last year, and 13 touchdowns. Defensively, he had 55 tackles, 5 picks and two sacks. Schools on the West Coast have been watching Hughes and two schools have stepped up with scholarship offers already, even though Hughes has yet to play one game his senior year. "Washington and Cal have offered," he said. Everyone in the Pac-10 except for Stanford and Washington State contacted Daymeion during the evaluation period, as well as UNLV, Michigan State, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

Washington, Oregon, Michigan State and UNLV are Hughes' current top-4. Here's what he had to say about each of his leaders:

Washington - "I really like their Sports Medicine program and they are always contenders."
Oregon - "It seems like they are competing for a national championship every year. Terrance Whitehead plays for them. I like my odds up there of playing."
Michigan State - "They are really recruiting me hard, showing me a lot of interest. They talk about how they are a like a family out there."
UNLV - "It's close to home and I have family there."

Daymeion plans on taking trips to those schools and weighing his options before making a decision. "I would like to stay in the Pac-10 if I can," he said. Top Stories