December 15, 2009

Hughes makes it official

Oak Grove three-star athlete Jay Hughes made his college choice public Tuesday deciding to remain instate and play for Mississippi State.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder named the Bulldogs as his future school alongside four-star teammate Robert Johnson at a press conference at the school.

Hughes starred mainly as a running back for the Warriors but will likely suit up in the secondary at MSU.

"It's just because they don't have that many players playing in the position I plan on playing (cornerback)," Hughes said. "I think I will be a good addition when they play man-to-man on third down. Plus I've got a whole bunch of friends from Oxford and Oak Grove that go to Mississippi State. I think it's going to be a great fit for me."

Hughes will also get the opportunity to play for his father, Tony Hughes, who is the safeties coach for the Bulldogs.

"I think it's going to be a fun experience getting to play for your dad," Hughes said. "It's going to make it that much better. It's going to make it a better family atmosphere. The family atmosphere was a big part in me making my decision."

Hughes' older brother Jamison Hughes also played for their father at Ole Miss in 2007 and Southern Miss in 2008. Jamison Hughes spent this past season at Pearl River Community College and just returned from an official visit to North Texas.

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