Add Naashon Hughes as an official member of the 2013 Longhorn recruiting class. A three-star linebacker from Harker Heights, Hughes is rated as the No. 68 overall prospect in the state of Texas (see his highlight reel here).
With older brother—redshirt offensive lineman Camrhon Hughes—already on campus in Austin, Hughes kept things in the family, choosing Mack Brown’s Texas Longhorns over the likes of LSU, Baylor and South Carolina.
Despite the interest from these top-flight programs, Hughes initially accepted a greyshirt offer from Texas, meaning he would graduate and enroll at UT with his class but not go on scholarship until January 2014. That all changed on his official visit in December, when he was offered a full scholarship as a member of the 2013 class.
Hughes, along with fellow commit Deoundrei Davis, becomes part of a linebacker group that was the disappointing weak link of coordinator Manny Diaz’s defensive unit last season. Outside of Jordan Hicks—who had a forgettable 2012 due to injury and an embarrassing off-the-field incident—there are no established contributors at the position, though juniors Steve Edmond and Tevin Jackson, as well as sophomores Peter Jinkens and Dalton Santos, have all displayed promise and potential. But for Diaz to regain the respect of the Longhorn fan base, he must get consistent play from the second level of his defense, and he’ll take it from anywhere he can get it—even from a freshman like Hughes.
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