Hughes Reflects on VT Visit

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Travis Hughes ‘ recruiting card

Kempsville (Virginia Beach, VA) junior linebacker/running back Travis Hughes made the trek to Blacksburg last Saturday, taking in his first ever game at Virginia Tech. The 6-1, 215-pound prospect, who has taken in games at Maryland, North Carolina and N.C. State this fall, left impressed with Tech’s game atmosphere in the convincing win over N.C. State.

“It was fun. The atmosphere was amazing,” Hughes said. “The fans and everything were electrifying the stadium. It was like SEC football to me. It was fun. I had a blast. I brought other players from my team. They all had a blast. [Menchville H.S. junior athlete] Clifton Richardson was up there. I talked to Lyndell Gibson, who was a linebacker from Salem (Virginia Beach). He loves it there. He was talking to me about how the school loves football. He said if I want the best coaches, players, the situation to play football at a higher level, Virginia Tech is the best place to go.”

Hughes added, “Virginia Tech was a great experience for me. It was everything I thought it would be.”

Maryland and N.C. State have officially offered Hughes, who excelled on both sides of the ball this season. The Kempsville star didn’t receive an official offer from Tech last Saturday, but the coaches certainly seem interested.

“They want me to get to a camp in the summer, so I’ll probably hit a camp,” Hughes said. “All of the coaches have looked at my tape. They knew me by name. They even knew my father by name. All of the coaches are open and they all talked to me.”

Although he no doubt would’ve preferred to come away with his third official offer, Hughes isn’t disappointed at the prospect of attending a Tech summer camp to earn an offer.

“Hopefully I’ll get a written offer, but I’m willing to work for it,” said Hughes, who continues to list Tech in his top four along with Maryland, North Carolina and Penn State.

Hughes may not be Tech’s only Kempsville target in the 2011 class.

“Virginia Tech just now started looking at Mason Thomas,” Hughes said. “He gave the coaches a DVD while he was there.”

Thomas and Gavin Williams, both wide receiver/defensive back prospects in the 2011 class, visited Tech last Saturday as well.