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Sources: Steve Sarkisian hiring key SEC recruiting staffer at Texas

Steve Sarkisian's Texas staff is snagging another key staffer from the Southeastern Conference.

Multiple sources confirm to FootballScoop that veteran player personnel director Drew Hughes is leaving South Carolina for a key personnel role Sarkisian's Longhorns program. Hughes will become Texas' Director of Player Personnel with the move.

Hughes carries virtually universal respect in college football among his peers, with noteworthy stops in his career at Alabama, Florida, Central Florida and Tennessee, where he served two years under Jeremy Pruitt before he reunited a year ago with Will Muschamp at South Carolina.

Hughes had been retained by new Gamecocks head coach Shane Beamer, but the Texas personnel job is a coveted role in college football.

Derek Chang confirmed Friday he would not be retained after four seasons as Tom Herman's director of player personnel. Another key front-office piece under Herman's program, director of recruiting Bryan Carrington, is currently in limbo while weighing offers from other programs.

An Alabama native, Hughes was a recruiting staff member at the onset of Nick Saban's tenure in Alabama, where Hughes helped Saban establish the Tide's recruiting foundation that has continued throughout Saban's dominant run at Alabama.

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