March 7, 2012
Hughes Talks MT Pledge
Middle Tennessee landed another offensive lineman to the Blue Raider family when Butte Community College offensive lineman Patrick Hughes gave head coach Rick Stockstill his commitment over the weekend.
An Illinois native, Hughes found his way to Murfreesboro through one of the more interesting paths in recent memory. A full qualifier out of high school, Hughes never received an offer from a Division I program and made his way to Kentucky Christian, a small NAIA program in Northern Kentucky.
After one year at Kentucky Christian, the 6'4", 295 pound lineman transferred to Butte Community College in California, former stomping grounds of NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers, to work toward his goal of singing a scholarship with Division I program. It worked.
"I didn't come out to California to go to a division AA school," Hughes said. "I played my heart to go play at a BCS school."
Hughes almost got his wish when BCS schools like Arizona State started showing interest, but ultimately nothing materialized.
While Hughes didn't exactly realize his goal of playing for a program in a BCS conference, Hughes told GoMiddle.com that he was just grateful to sign a Division I scholarship.
An all conference player as a sophomore at Butte College, Hughes held offers from Louisiana Tech, Hawaii, Fresno State, Texas State, Northern Illinois and several FCS programs.
Hughes chose Middle Tennessee because they showed him the most interest and spoke highly of defensive line coach Joe Cauthen.
"He is a real straight up guy," Hughes said. "He showed me a lot of love."
Hughes' plan for 2012 is simple - he plans to start.
"They want me to come in and start," Hughes said "It's not going to be given me so I'll have to come and compete."
Hughes' blue-collar work ethic should endear him to the coaching staff as they look to fill the holes and return Middle Tennessee to the promise land.
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