January 29, 2008

WR, Hughes excited about his commitment to Army

Talk about offensive fire power! And on paper and potentially, that's exactly what could be unleashed at the USMAPS next football season.

Quarterbacks Demetrius Richardson & Spencer Otto will be called upon to bring their talent & leadership as the signal callers. The easiest part of their job may be handing the ball off to running back Lonnie Liggins and fullback Dan McGue, who is probably more noted for his blocking ability. Speaking of blocking and where it all starts will be up front, where you will see Matt Vilante, John Neill and Michael Netherland - who together average 6-foot-3, 298 pounds. This trio, and hopefully the addition of Frank Allen and Joey Allen could address offensive line recruiting and add talent/depth for the next five years.
Then when it comes to the aerial game, you can factor in the two tight-end prospects in Corey Myers (6-5, 230) and Nathan Watts (6-0, 220), although Watts could find himself playing linebacker instead.

However, when it's comes to show-time or to stretch the field, the name you should hear often is wide receiver, Nathan Hughes.

At 6-foot-1, 172 pounds, the 4.42 forty speedster pulled in 38 catches for 450 yards (11.8 yds/catch), 400 yards kick and punt returns, (4 Touchdowns).

The All Conference 7A West Football for 2007, who was recruited by Coach Wally Ake, is just glad to call himself a Black Knight and end the recruiting process. "Coach Brock came down to my high school on the 17th and Coach Ake made a home visit on the 23rd and that's when I committed," shares Hughes.

It is clear that Hughes has developed a bond with Ake, as well as having enjoyed the connection with recruits and current players during his official visit. "I spoke to him (Ake) about the quarterbacks and I'm excited about what we have in terms of talent," declares Hughes. "I was with Demetrius (Richardson) on my official visit and he's cool. My official was awesome, the best facilities in the country, coaches were so nice - a family atmosphere and my host was Elliott Emerich, who I called "EZ E" … he was very cool and answered all of my questions.

What to expect of Hughes?

Kick returner: He just flies as he hits the seam.
Punt returner: Can see the entire field and make people miss.
Wide receiver: Can open the field, as well as using his 37" vertical, he can go up and get the ball.

Hughes will be working this winter running indoor track, where his events are the 55M & 60M, with his first meet this weekend.

Hughes closing out by sharing his excitement about being part of Brock's first recruiting class. "Everyday I feel better and more excited about my decision," claims Hughes. "With Coach Brock, I feel the same way I did here at Bentonville where I coach turned things around and I like to be part of that at Army."
Congratulations to Nathan Hughes for joining the Long Gray Line and becoming the newest member of the Army Black Knights' Class of 2008.


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