Hughes Drawing 1A Attention

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5-11, 175-pound Kempsville (Virginia Beach, VA) defensive back recruit Trenton Hughes performed pretty well at the combine in Durham on March 26th, running the 40 in 4.53 seconds and showing off a 33-inch vertical leap. Those numbers were solid, but Hughes feels he can improve upon them in future combines.

“We did pretty good up there,” Hughes said. “I got second team all-combine at cornerback and everything. I’m not too happy with the 40 time there. I was not happy with that when I heard that. That’s all going to change in the next few combines.”

In addition to the Virginia Beach combine in the first week in May, Hughes also plans to head to North Carolina State for an Adidas combine on May 20th. Showing off his speed and athleticism is important, as Hughes is being recruited as a defensive back but played linebacker last season as a junior.

“He played will linebacker for us [in 2005], but he’s going to play corner [in 2006],” Kempsville head coach Jeff McGowan said. “A lot of schools like him at safety. He has real long arms. And, he can really run.”

Hughes, who played well at linebacker, is excited about the opportunity to play defensive back. He is encouraged after performing well in one-on-one’s at the Scout combine.

“I’m very confident,” Hughes said of moving to cornerback. “I just came from playing well against nationally-ranked receivers, so I’m very confident heading into the season.

“Last season, coach McGowan just put me in a position to make plays and I just like to hit. I’m just an athlete and I’ll player wherever.”

According to Hughes, Maryland, N.C. State, Temple, UVa, East Carolina, Virginia Tech and Akron are showing the most interest. He has an official offer from Akron already and is hoping for more. Hughes is interested in both in-state programs.

“I’m highly interested in Virginia and I look forward to seeing what Virginia Tech has to offer,” Hughes said. “Virginia Tech has been sending me letters. I haven’t gotten anything from Virginia in a period, but they have expressed some interest in me. I’m going to Virginia’s summer camp.

“I’m open right now. I’m just waiting to see which schools offer.”

Right now, Hughes is also participating in track and field. His events are the 100 and 200 meters as well as the long jump, which is his specialty.

“Since Percy’s (former Landstown star Percy Harvin) not here,