Travis Hughes Adds Two Official Offers

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Kempsville (Virginia Beach, VA) junior running back/linebacker Travis Hughes received official scholarship offers from Maryland and N.C. State in 2009. The 6-1, 215-pound prospect has matched that total in 2010, bringing the total number official offers he boasts to four…with one more possibly on the way soon.

“I have two more official offers and a verbal offer from Virginia. My official offers came in from West Virginia and Virginia Tech,” Hughes said, giving an update on his recruitment. “Then, UVa coach Chip West, who is a real nice guy, said they like me and gave me a verbal offer. And Tom Bratton and Ralph Friedgen are coming down to my school to see me Thursday, so I’m excited about that.”

Originally, Virginia Tech requested for Hughes to attend a summer camp before offering. The Hokies apparently changed their thinking, and the Kempsville product is pleased with the change.

“I had a pretty good highlight tape from this year, so I guess that sold it for them,” Hughes said. “Coach [Curt] Newsome came through my school. They are cool people and I love them to death. He said they would shoot me an offer and I got it.”

As for Virginia’s interest, Hughes said, “I’ve mainly talked to them over e-mail, but coach West stopped by the school. He told me they are really interested. He talked to my father and to my coach. He’s a really nice guy. I’m looking forward to see if they can turn things around at Virginia.”

A standout at running back and linebacker, Hughes has the ability to play on either side of the ball on the next level. So far, neither in-state FBS program has specified a position. Position is not a big factor to Hughes, though, as he just wants to be on the field.

“I’m not sure about UVa. Coach West talked about both sides of the ball, so I think UVa doesn’t care. Tech said they would move me where they need me,” said Hughes, who rushed for 1,300 yards last season. “I’m not too worried about where I’ll be. I’ll seriously be fine wherever.”

Hughes, the younger brother of current Maryland defensive back Trenton Hughes, listed a top four of Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State and Virginia Tech last November. Those schools remain high on his list,