Zyaire Hughes has a favorite school, but he isn't ready to commit.
"I really like Kentucky," said the McCracken County junior, who has received offers from the Wildcats, Purdue and Western Kentucky. "I'm not sure I want to go there, but that's the only school I feel comfortable with right now."
Part of that comfort stems from the Wildcats running a similar offense to the one he leads as McCracken County's quarterback. His offer, however, came as an athlete, meaning they'd have no set role for him, just an interest in adding him.
Hughes was ranked the No. 6 Class of 2016 in-state prospect by KentuckyPreps.com, a Rivals recruiting site. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder hopes to play in the Southeastern Conference and recently attended a camp at Tennessee.
Last season, he completed 172 of his 294 pass attempts (58.5 percent) for 2,446 yards and threw 23 touchdowns against eight interceptions. Hughes also rushed 116 times for 634 yards (an average of 5.5 yards) and 16 touchdowns.
McCracken County seniors Morgan Alexander and Pooh Jones have also received plenty of attention from college coaches.
Alexander, a wide receiver/strong safety, has received offers from Murray State, Georgetown and UT-Martin. He gained 516 yards on 41 receptions last season (an average of 12.6 yards) with five touchdowns and had five interceptions.
Jones has received interest from Kentucky, Louisville, Eastern Kentucky, Illinois and Western Kentucky, but the wide receiver/kick returner said he needs to boost his ACT score by a few points to reach the qualifying score.
He rushed 33 times for 247 yards (a 7.5-yard average) and had a team-high 940 yards on 66 catches (an average of 14.2 yards) with nine receiving touchdowns.
The experience of being recruited has been different for the Louisville fan.
"It feels weird to me because I've never been put in the situation or seen anybody get recruited before," Jones said. "It all just hit me in the face. I was like, 'Oh, shoot, it's getting real.'"
- Daniel Paulling, 270-575-8662, @DanielPaulling
Caldwell's Cain receives first offer
For Caldwell County junior Demetrius "Dee" Cain, this summer been his first on the college football camp circuit. In just a few weeks, he attracted offers from Cincinnati and Georgia State and the interest of Kentucky.
The Cincinnati Bearcats were granted the first look at Cain, KentuckyPreps.com's No. 3 in-state prospect for the Class of 2016. During two days of camp, their staff had seen enough to warrant an athletic scholarship offer - his first.
Shortly after his stint in Ohio, Cain was back in the Bluegrass for a camp with the Wildcats, who have been aware of Cain because the staff heavily recruited Caldwell County quarterback Elijah Sindelar. While an offer was not extended, the staff treated him like one of the top prospects in attendance.
Cain is currently playing with the 7v7 football team Go Hard Elite.
On the way to IMG 7v7 Nationals, the team stopped in for an unofficial visit at Georgia State. Upon seeing Cain's stature and being assured he could move, the Tigers coaching staff asked to see some tape of Caldwell County's strong safety. After the conclusion of his Hudl tape came offer No. 2.
Go Hard Elite is set to compete in the IMG 7v7 Nationals this week in Bradenton, Florida. While no college coaches will be in attendance, Cain will have a chance to impress national recruiting services covering the camp.
- Alex Davis, KentuckyPreps.com