Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 | 2:17 p.m.
- From blue chip prospects to Division II recruits keeping the dream alive, signing day produced several memories in Las Vegas
- Gorman duo highlights UNLV football coach Bobby Hauck’s third recruiting class
- Gorman’s Philippi, Scoggins Jr. switch commitments from New Mexico to UNLV
- Basic lineman J’Ondray Sanders has unlimited potential, set to sign with UNLV football
- High school football section
That quickly changed once he got the football in his hands.
He carried the ball 67 times for 1,345 yards and 14 touchdowns in the tough Northwest Division, displaying his 11.1 second speed in the 100 meters to become a college prospect.
On Wednesday, Hughes signed a letter of intent with the University of Nebraska-Kearney, where he was recruited to play running back, wide receiver and kick returner for the Division II program.
As a junior, Hughes primarily played linebacker and safety on the defensive side of the ball. Once he became Legacy’s primary rusher this fall, the 5-foot-11, 200 pound Hughes shined.
“It was a real easy transition to offense,” Hughes said. “Everything just clicked for me.”
He received recruiting interest from Hawaii, Colorado and Southern Utah, but said Nebraska-Kearney was the only school to offer scholarship money. Division II schools don’t offer full scholarships, but Hughes’ financial aid will cover what the football scholarship doesn’t.
He visited Nebraska-Kearney in January and feels he can thrive at the school. “It was a great experience. I like it there a lot,” he said.