After suffering an injury at the beginning of the season, senior Richardson (Texas) Pierce defensive end Rush Hughes was forced to watch the remainder of the year on the sidelines.
That also set him back in recruitment when certain teams kind of pulled away from the 6-foot-2, 216-pound prospect after he tore his ACL. Hughes has found out that certain schools are waiting to see how his injury pans out.
"New Mexico State was a team that pretty much is playing wait and see," Hughes said. "They are planning on watching my rehab and will reevaluate."
New Mexico State cannot call during the quiet period at this time. Other schools are coming on strong now.
"Villanova and Virginia Military are now coming on strong and some other smaller schools."
Hughes admits both of the new teams that have entered the picture are the most likely to offer.
"I'd say they appear to be the most serious," Hughes said. "They both said they don't offer until after the season and it's usually real late."
Now Hughes sets his sights on having things ironed out well before Signing Day.
"About a month or two before we have to sign, I'd like to be committed," he said. "Academics will be a high priority for me."