The top eight is set for Jeremiah Hughesone of the fastest rising prospects in the West region this spring.
The three-star cornerback from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman has made the full-time switch over to defense from wide receiver and seen his recruitment take off in recent months. On Friday just as he was embarking on his first official visit of the process, Hughes revealed a top eight list that featured Arkansas, Alabama A&M, Colorado, Hawaii, LSU, Oregon State, Utah and Washington.
Hughes kicked off his round of trips with an official to Washington this weekend and intends to take all five before making his college choice. The rangy 6-foot-1, 175-pound defensive back discussed what stands out most about each of his eight finalists.
“Arkansas is home, it is where I was born and most of my family still lives there,” Hughes said. “Coach Pittman, coach Odom and coach Bowman were cool on my visit and let me know that they wanted me. Arkansas is moving in the right direction and is going to be a factor in the SEC. There is no way I could not think about going there. At Hawaii, coach Brown was my defensive coach before he got the job at Hawaii and being able to play on his defense again would be great. He believed in me when I converted to corner last year and he’s a heck of a coach. Hawaii is up and coming and is an amazing place to live. I also know coach Sheffield and he is really cool guy. My visit to Utah was amazing. They showed mad love. Coach Shah, coach Whittingham and coach Aaron made me feel like Utah could be my home. Utah also has a great football program and the fact that the coaches have been there a long time is important to me. Utah has been showing me love for a long time.
“At LSU, coach Steeples has developed a great relationship with me. He is very involved in this process and talks to me about a lot of things, especially about becoming better on and off the field. My visit there was amazing and they have a great history of putting DBs in the league. The fact that my former DB coach at Gorman, coach Nicco, is there is a huge plus. Alabama A&M, the fact that they are a historically black college, is huge. My parents are HBCU grads and I grew up around that atmosphere. Coach Taylor showed me love before my recruiting took off and I respect that. Alabama A&M is always competitive. Colorado showed me mad love when I went on my visit. I loved all the coaches and coach Chance is an amazing coach. The facilities were also amazing. At Oregon State the relationship that I have built with the coaches has been amazing. Oregon State is an up-and-coming program that could be a good fit for me. Coach Perkins and I talk a lot and I like what he is going to bring up t here. And with Washington, it’s known for putting DBs in the league. Coach Juice and coach DeBoer are good people. They let me know all the time how I can fit in Washington’s defense. This will be my first time visiting Washington and I am looking forward to seeing what they have to offer.”
Hughes is the nation’s No. 51 rated cornerback and no. 6 overall prospect in the state of Nevada for the 2023 class, per the 247Sports rankings.
With a long, projectable frame and a wiry build, Hughes continues to add bulk and has proven to be a highly competitive cornerback who attacks the football and has a knack for coming up big in the catch window. Despite the presence of Zion Branch (USC), Fabian Ross (USC), Justyn Rhett (Georgia commit) and four-star Kodi DeCambra in the Gorman secondary last season, Hughes worked his way into the rotation and was terrific, elevating his reputation as perhaps the powerhouse’s best pure cover defender.
In 10 games as a junior last fall Hughes was credited with 13 total tackles and a pair of pass deflections. On the offensive side of the ball Hughes had four receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown.