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.
— Michael Hughes (@MichaelLeeHugh1) September 14, 2020
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 ProKicker.com, 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.