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George Washington’s Michael Hughes Commits to Appalachian State



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One of the top high school football recruits in West Virginia has found a collegiate home.

George Washington kicker/punter Michael Hughes tweeted on Saturday that he received a scholarship offer from Appalachian State. On Sunday evening, he took to social media to announce he has committed to Mountaineers.

Hughes, a Class AAA first team All-State selection last season as a junior who was rated a 4.5 (out of 5) star prospect by, also has offers from Marshall, West Virginia,and Old Dominion according to 247Sports. Appalachian State coach Shawn Clark, like Hughes, is a Charleston native. Clark graduated from GW in 1994 before going on to play at Appalachian State.

Hughes was also one of several student-athletes from GW and rival South Charleston featured in a recent video asking West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to allow students to play games.


Kanahwa County, home to both GW and South Charleston, has been orange on the state’s COVID-19 school reentry map for the first three weeks of the football season, meaning practices have been allowed but games have not.

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Tom Bragg covers WVU, Marshall, high schools and other sports for West Virginia Sports Now. Tom spent more than a decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia covering high school, college, youth and professional sports for newspapers in Huntington, Fairmont and Charleston before joining WVSN in 2020. Tom is a graduate of Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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