Jones and Mustangs gets Hughes commitment

Ben Hughes

Pledges continue to pour in this week for the Southern Methodist University's football program. June Jones picked up his sixth commitment for the 2009 class Thursday afternoon when the Lone Star state's No. 1 rated center by Scout.com Ben Hughes of Houston Stephen F. Austin High School chose the Mustangs over the Rice Owls.

Pledges continue to pour in this week for the Southern Methodist University's football program.

June Jones picked up his sixth commitment for the 2009 class Thursday afternoon when the Lone Star state's No. 1 rated center by Scout.com Ben Hughes of Houston Stephen F. Austin High School chose the Mustangs over the Rice Owls.

"It was a tough call between those two schools," Hughes told PonyStampede.com Thursday afternoon. "When I looked at it closely, there were a lot more positives about SMU than there were at Rice. It really feels right, I can't explain the feeling I'm experiencing right now."

After a lengthy discussion with his parents and some deep thought and prayer, Hughes said he felt like it was time to make his decision public.

"It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders," Hughes said. "It feels oh so right. There are a lot of things about SMU I liked better than Rice; I know I made the right decision."

Hughes got a chance to camp at SMU on Saturday and came away very impressed with what the Mustangs have to offer.

"It was incredible," Hughes told PonyStampede.com Monday. "I went down a day early and got a chance to spend some time with the coaching staff. They are great people; I really like them a lot."

Hughes, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound athlete, is glad he got the decision out of the way so he can focus on his senior season.

"Now all my focus is on my senior season," Hughes said. "I feel like I'm on cloud nine, I feel like I'm on top of the world. I'm sure this feeling will last for at least a couple of weeks."

According to Hughes he picked the school that fitted him the best both academically and athletically.

"I picked the school that best suits me," Hughes said. "We are called student-athletes for a reason. Academics must come first and they are very important to me. SMU offers me the best of both situations."

Hughes got a chance to work first hand with offensive line coach Dennis McKnight during the one day junior camp.

"It was great," Hughes said. "I learned a lot. He is a great coach, very easy to talk to and you can tell he is a great coach. He is the type coach I look forward to playing for."

Hughes was also impressed with his coach in charge of recruiting him.

"Coach Reinebold did a great job," Hughes said. "He is a great guy, very easy to talk to. He made me feel very much at home at SMU."

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