Steve Sarkisian reportedly lures a South Carolina staffer to Texas
New coaches continue to raid the South Carolina staff. This time, it’s reportedly Drew Hughes, the director of player personnel with the Gamecocks.
FootballScoop has reported that new Texas coach Steve Sarkisian has lured Hughes to work with the Longhorns. Hughes was a long-time Will Muschamp colleague, and worked with the former Gamecocks coach this past season, and from 2014-17 in Florida.
Hughes had been retained by new Gamecocks head coach Shane Beamer, but the Texas personnel job is a coveted role in college football, according to FootballScoop. Derek Chang confirmed Friday he would not be retained after four seasons as Tom Herman’s director of player personnel.
Hughes had a similar position at Tennessee before Muschamp hired him in Columbia. He managed the recruiting department for the Vols, including on and off-campus recruiting, talent evaluation and high school relations.
He previously worked at N.C. State in 2013 and at Central Florida in 2012. He was a recruiting specialist at Alabama from 2007-11.
Since 2012, Hughes has helped his teams bring in 30 NFL draft picks, including 12 in the 2018 draft, headlined by first-round picks Bradley Chubb and Taven Bryan. At Florida, Hughes helped the Gators reel in three Top-12 recruiting classes, according to his South Carolina bio.
A native of Montgomery, Ala., Hughes graduated from Alabama in 2011.