First impressions can be everything.
Southern Methodist University was the first to offer center Ben Hughes of Stephen F. Austin High School in the Houston area.
Apparently the Mustangs have made a lasting impression on the standout lineman.
"I couldn't believe it at first," Hughes told PonyStampede.com Sunday. "My coaches teased me by asking me if I did anything wrong on my visit to SMU's Junior Day. Then they told me that the coaching staff called and gave me an official offer."
According to Hughes he will remember that day he received his first Division 1 offer for a long time.
"It was one of the happiest days of my life," Hughes said. "I have always wanted to play college football and SMU has given me that opportunity."
Hughes is quick to point out that the Mustangs are his early favorites although he is hoping that he will have several offers before all is said and done.
Hughes was also impressed with the SMU campus and new Head Coach June Jones.
"The campus at SMU was amazing," Hughes said. "SMU has the kind of coach and coaching staff I wouldn't mind playing for."
Hughes has one main goal that he seeks to accomplish.
"I want to play college football almost more than anything," Hughes explained. "More importantly though I want to get a quality free education. That's my number one goal."
According to Hughes he felt very comfortable with the Mustang's new coaching staff.
"They really made me feel at home," Hughes said. "SMU is definitely my early favorite. They are the ones that believed in me first."
Hughes has already scored a 1460 on the SAT but is set to take it again to improve his score.