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When the LSU Tigers coaching staff was looking for defensive backs in the class of 2023, Bishop Gorman High School (Nevada) four-star cornerback Jeremiah Hughes' name cropped up.

And LSU graduate assistant Nicco Fertitta immediately chimed in, having coached him at Bishop Gorman prior to moving on to the college ranks.

"He told me they were talking about me one day and he was like, 'I know that kid.' They started chopping it up and showed them film of when I was in high school," Hughes said. "They picked up off that and they liked me." 

Fast forward to Thursday and Hughes is the newest addition to LSU's recruiting class, choosing the Tigers over fellow finalists Arkansas, Utah and Washington.

For Hughes, that decision was solidified on his official visit in June, where he saw that LSU checked all of the boxes needed to develop him into a big-time defensive back. 

"I'm going to LSU," he said. "It's the best opportunity for me. I feel like the SEC is where you want to compete if you want to be the best player. If you want to be elite, that's where you go."

Throughout his entire recruitment, Hughes has talked about defensive back development being a huge part of the equation.

Given LSU's lengthy history developing Pro Bowl-caliber defenders at the NFL level, it was a huge mark in its favor.

"It factored in a lot," Hughes said. "Knowing all the DBs that have come through there - Patrick Pete(rson), Derek Stingley - you just want to be a player like them, because they are all playmakers. That's something you want to be to have longevity in the league. I know they'll develop me to be like that." 

Hughes is the 12th commitment in LSU's recruiting class, and the fifth defensive back, joining California four-star cornerback Daylen Austin, Georgia four-star safety Michael Daugherty, Texas four-star safety Ryan Yaites and Louisiana three-star cornerback Ashton Stamps

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