Taking a look at Michael Hughes, Jr. (’23) from Mayfield… @MHSCardinalsFB @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @minguabeefjerky @1776Bank @kyhighs @HLPreps

Photo Credit: Jared Jensen/The Paducah Sun

’23 undersized LBer had oversized performance on the field

Somewhere on down the line publications (like ours) which pride themselves on discovering and publicizing top-grade talent, has failed regarding Micheal Hughes, Jr. Of course, neither this prospect nor his program has made finding him all that easy either. However, Hughes is a ball-hawking LBer for one of the premier football programs in America and came up big-time this past season. Maybe the “right fit” will find him now.

Fletcher Long, Chief of the Scouting Division, KPGFootball

We pride ourselves in discovering “next level” talent and “this level” extraordinary performances when they occur anywhere throughout the commonwealth of Kentucky. We believe the problem with Kentucky kids being under recruited is an information dissemination issue and not a talent issue.

The talent is there. Literally all over the place.

Now there are lots of levels of college competition and many of the levels offer exceedingly exceptional experiences for their athletes. So many times there are players around Kentucky with D-1 skills without the frame to match.

The talent is…literally all over the place

HB Lyon, Senior Sports Writer, KPGFootball

Some of these players walk-on D-1 rosters and gain playing time because they were really D-1 all along. Others of these exceptional players head to a small colleges and have tremendous careers proving they too were likely D-1 as evidenced by what they did on the field at either D-2, D-3, or NAIA.

Championship Game Highlights;
Regular Season Highlights

All of their careers should be celebrated. Today, we have a kid from Mayfield, Kentucky who is equally exceptional but flying under the radar.

If you are a small college recruiting Kentucky, this kid is a baller. We are giving you a tremendous opportunity here to add athleticism, excellent ball-skills, and talent to your roster.

Michael Hughes, Jr. is what is considered an undersized LBer. He is 5’10,” weighs 180-pounds, and can be utilized next level as a 2nd-3rd level “hybrid,” a linebacker once you put about 20-good pounds on him, or a SS who comes up in the run-box consistently to add run-support.

Hughes had quite the senior season for the 14-1 Cardinals

HB Lyon

Hughes had quite the senior season for the 14-1 Cardinals who finished on the short side of a 14-13 final score in last season’s 2A title game. Beechwood versus Mayfield, one-point margin for all the marbles, if you’re a Kentucky High School football fan it doesn’t get any better.

Hughes registered 65-tackles for the Cardinal defense. Hughes added 3.5-TFL’s, 3-FF’s, and 2-FR’s.

Here’s where the “Wow Factor” registers. Hughes led the team (and most of the commonwealth) with seven (7) INT’s. Get this…three (3) of those he returned for TD’s.

[Hughes] is excellent at reading the backfield and getting a jump on where the ball is heading

HB Lyon

This kid has a nose for big-plays. This kid is excellent at reading the backfield and getting a jump on where the ball is heading. This kid has ball-skills. What a find!

For all of you small colleges combing the commonwealth for D-1 skill-sets in non-traditional frames, we have a guy for you. Here is a guy who has proven on some large stages his ability to produce, BIG-TIME!

Let us know if we can do anything more for you. We might have his high school coach’s cell number if you don’t.

Hit us up! We’re here to help.

This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!

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Have coached at the high school and middle school level. Have worked in athletic administration. Conceal my identity to enable my candor on articles published by this magazine. Only members of the editorial board are aware of my true identity.

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