Calabasas (Calif.) will once again have a prominent Pac-12 target on the football field this fall, as linebacker Reggie Hughes has been courted by some west regional Power Five schools because of his ability to terrorize quarterbacks from the edge.
The four-star prospect, who ranks as the fourth-best outside linebacker in California, has trimmed his list to five schools: Arizona State,, Washington State, Oregon State, UCLA and Michigan State. He caught up with Scout at the Conejo Valley 7v7 tournament on June 17 to explain why each school made his final cut.
Arizona State: “They just have a great family feel to them. It’s really a brotherhood and they just gel together really well. Defensively, I like what they’re doing.”
UCLA: “They were my first offer and they’ve been hitting me up 24/7. They’ve shown a lot of love. What coach Scott White (linebackers/special teams coach) is doing is a really great thing and he sends a lot of kids to the NFL, which I think is very important to me.”
Hughes adds Bruins 2017 commit and former Calabasas teammate Darnay Holmes and his father Darick are pushing the Bruins to Hughes, saying “They’re telling me about UCLA all the time.”
Michigan State: “Michigan State is about how dominant they are in the Big 10 recently. They have a great coaching staff and they send guys to the NFL, plus they have a really big platform to play against some really big teams.”
Washington State: “The fan base is amazing. Kind of like Nebraska in a way. It’s all about Cougar football over there – nothing else. You’re the main event there and the coaching staff is amazing.”
Oregon State: “I love the coaching staff, plus I have a lot of friends who go to Oregon State who have been through the process. They tell me how great it is up there and how they’ll take care of you. I think playing wise, it’ll be a good fit for me because they have a need for certain positions.”
While five programs earned Hughes’ liking, the 6-foot-2, 212-pound linebacker concluded that his proposed verbal commitment day is still up in the air.
“Right now, I’m conflicted,” Hughes said. “I’ve been debating about it. My mom and I have been talking about it for a while. It might be a surprise. It (my announcement) could happen anytime.”