Southern Illinois has done a great job recruiting in Arizona. Last year they landed Keith Anglin from Desert Vista and Josh Terry from Phoenix Christian. This year they have landed three players, Derrick Nsubuga from Chaparral and Rodney Reagans from Chandler High. The third, 24-7Football.com has confirmed, is RB/DB/Return man John Hughes from Peoria (Az.) Centennial.
Hughes tells us, "I committed to SIU because when I visited there and checked out the people, players and education, I really liked it. Everyone was really good to me and were real with me."
He adds, "It felt like I was home so really the main thing was that I was realy comfrtable there."
In helping the Coyotes to their third straight 5A2 state title, Hughes (5-5 170) rushed for 1,600 yards and 31 TDs on 188 carries, caught 19 passes for 298 yards and 4 more scores. On defense he registered 42 tackles, 4 sacks and 2 INTs.
To top that off, Hughes returned 2 kickoffs to the house.
He also had an offer from Northern Arizona.
See his senior highlights here:
Hughes Picks His Home
24-7 Football Top Stories
Arizona DT Kai Golden Recaps Texas Tech VisitTucson (AZ) Mountain View 2018 defensive tackle Kai Golden recaps his unofficial visit to Texas Tech.
Inside the Red RaidersYesterday at 2:11 PM
Highlights: Matteo Mele Junior SeasonCheck out junior season highlights of Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic offensive tackle Matteo Mele, who's making the full-time switch to the line from tight end...
Scout FootballYesterday at 11:38 AM