Recruiting: Underrated 2013 OLB DeVonte Hughes anticipates more offers

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Although the 6-foot, 202-pound senior outside linebacker has been drawing a lot of interest from middling football programs, underrated 2013 Washington High School (South Bend, Ind.) recruiting prospect DeVonte Hughes expects top-tier FBS schools to start showing him more interest now that his high school team is wrapping up regular season play.

Hughes only holds an offer from Division II Ferris State, but knows opportunities to earn more scholarships are approaching.

“I’m expecting some other offers,” Hughes told Spartan Avenue on Wednesday. “The Ferris State offer was unexpected, so I’m expecting a couple more.”

Hughes has only visited Boston College, Grand Valley State and UMass this fall, but has plans to visit Indiana State this coming Saturday, and Ferris State and Indiana later on this season.

In the Big Ten, Hughes has drawn the most interest from Indiana and Purdue, citing that each school would like to see more of his game film to further evaluate him.

Hughes is yet to speak with any coaches from the Michigan State football program, but has received letters in the mail showing that the Spartans are interested in him. He would like to visit East Lansing to meet with the coaches and see the campus if the opportunity is made available to him.

“I would love to visit Michigan State and try it out. They are recruiting my teammate, 2013 offensive lineman Dustin Dennig, so it would be like a two-teammate recruiting trip.”

As soon as his game film gets in the hands of other coaches in the Big Ten and the Mid-American Conference, Hughes will become better known for his playmaking ability on the defensive side of the ball.

During his junior year, Hughes recorded historical sack numbers and primed himself to make a run at the state sack record. He shut teams down when the ball was ran to his side of the field, but now, in his senior season, teams have been avoiding Hughes on the field altogether.

“I’m doing pretty well this season even though teams will not really run to my side as much as they did last year, but I’m always trailing plays and making backside tackles.”

Hughes is three sacks away from breaking the Washington High School individual career sack record, and has two games left to earn that accolade.

The Spartans would be wise to bolster its defense with a player who has a history of giving opposing offenses a headache. When coaches must specifically game plan to avoid a player like Hughes, an argument could easily be made for why he deserves a scholarship offer from Michigan State.

Not to mention, Michigan State would make a great landing spot for Hughes should the Spartans offer him a scholarship, as he is looking for a school that is close enough for his family to visit him at and a place where he can get a great education.

“I would love to have my mom and my family watch me play college football, so I want to go to a school that’s not that far away, and I’m looking for a school that has a good business program that can set me up for the future.”

Spartan Avenue will keep you abreast of any recruiting information about DeVonte Hughes as it is made available to us.

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