Hughes Longs to be an Officer

Hughes Longs to be an Officer

Shillington, Pa., native Casey Hughes grew up deciding whether he wanted to be in the Army or Marines and recently what has always been a dream came one step closer to a reality when the Black Knights offered him a spot on their team. Other schools have been recruiting Hughes as well, but it sounds like West Point will be the landing point for him.

Governor Mifflin High School safety Casey Hughes has mostly been getting recruiting by programs at the Division I-AA level and while he does hold interest in them, Army is definitely the opportunity the 6-foot-1, 165-pound athlete is looking at not only for the next four years, but for his entire future.

"I got an offer from Army and that is definitely where I want to go, but right now I just have to go through all of the proper steps and make sure that my admittance to West Point is definite," Hughes explained. "I want to have a career as an officer in the Army and have wanted to since I was about eight years old, so when I got the offer it was really a dream come true. The biggest part of going there is that I can serve my country, but obviously the education certainly doesn't hurt either."

"I have also been talking to Lafayette, Lehigh, Penn and Delaware constantly and get letters from James Madison, The Citadel and other Division I-AA programs."

As a junior, Hughes made 77 tackles and intercepted six passes on defense. He also caught 22 passes for 409 yards and seven touchdowns. He was an All-County honorable mention selection at wide receiver and defensive back, All-League second team at wide receiver and All-League honorable mention at defensive back.

He has max lifts of 205 on the bench and a 310-pound squat. Hughes also boasts a 36-inch vertical leap, 4.13 short shuttle and a 3.7 core GPA. He scored a 1550 on his three-part SAT.

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