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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Mullen zeroes in on Hughes to replace Wilson

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen has moved fast in replacing recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson, who'd barely been hired at Mississippi State before he left to join Lane Kiffin's staff at Tennessee late last week.

Mullen is close to finalizing a deal with Tony Hughes, the defensive backs coach at Southern Miss last season. Hughes would coordinate the Bulldogs' recruiting efforts and also help out with the defensive backs.

It's a nice get for Mullen, who's made it clear that locking down the state of Mississippi on the recruiting trail is a must if the Bulldogs are going to reach a point where they're contending for SEC championships.

Hughes was at Ole Miss for three seasons with Ed Orgeron before joining the Southern Miss staff last season. He's an excellent recruiter, as evidenced by the fact that he was able to lure heralded receiver DeAndre Brown to Southern Miss last season.

Hughes was also the point man in recruiting top running back prospect Kendrick Hardy, who committed to Southern Miss this past weekend.