UK Recruiting

2016 standout Zy’Aire Hughes still committed to UK

BENTON — University of Kentucky football commitment Zy'Aire Hughes played with the McCracken County basketball team at the Marshall County Hoop Fest on Saturday afternoon.

After his game, Hughes reaffirmed his pledge to the Wildcats.

The 6-foot-1 athlete from Paducah was primarily being recruited by former UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown, who recently left the program to become the head coach at Troy.

Hughes said Brown had a "big impact" on his commitment to the Cats last summer, and he's in "wait-and-see" mode during the school's search for a new offensive coordinator. But he made it clear that he's also still committed to Kentucky.

UK defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot visited Hughes' high school a few days ago to check up on him. Eliot's message was that the UK offense "will be fine" and the coaches are "still very excited" to have a commitment from Hughes.

"It meant a lot," Hughes said. "I still love UK. I'm pretty much set there. But I still have my options open."

Hughes confirmed that Kentucky is looking at him to play wide receiver when he gets to Lexington. He said he went to five or six home games this fall and has grown close to several of his fellow commitments.

"I know a bunch of them," he said. "That's another reason I committed, because I'm real comfortable with these guys."

Hughes said no coaches from other schools have reached out to him since Brown's departure. He also doesn't know who UK's next offensive coordinator will be.

"I don't really do rumors," he said. "I'm just going to wait and see what happens. I still have another year. I want to be comfortable."