National Signing Day is less than a month away, and helping Florida’s football staff close strong will be Drew Hughes.
UF coach Will Muschamp hired Hughes as director of player personnel last month, replacing Jon Haskins. Hughes, 26, served in the same position at N.C. State and Central Florida over the past two years.
Prior to that, he spent five seasons at Alabama working for Nick Saban and his director of player personnel Ed Marynowitz, who is now the assistant director of pro scouting with the Philadelphia Eagles.
On Tuesday, Hughes sat down for an interview with GatorZone’s Scott Carter.
He said his job at UF entails the following:
“Identifying the players that can come in and help us win championships, and (developing) the process of doing that, and relating it and being a right-hand man to every coach on staff — because ultimately that’s what I’m here to do, to help the coaches — if I can make their jobs easier from a recruiting standpoint, that’s what I’m here to do.”
Muschamp has said recruiting is all about relationships, a viewpoint Hughes shares as well.
“Something I hope that doesn’t become a lost art is just getting to know (recruits), spending time with them — not just them but their family. Part of the process is bringing good kids into your program. That’s just as important as the football part.”
Hughes is known as an energetic guy, and his recruiting letter to an N.C. State prospect made national headlines last March. His personality should fit right in with Muschamp.
“He’s a guy that I’ve always really wanted to see myself work with,’’ Hughes said of Muschamp. “I’m a competitor just like he is. And being able to learn from him and see how he runs an organization and the evaluation and building a team from a personnel standpoint, I was really fired up about it.”
Below are two videos of Hughes from his time at UCF.
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