Kempsville (Virginia Beach, VA) linebacker/running back Travis Hughes was lifting weights one day earlier this month when head coach David Johnson approached. The 6-1, 215-pound junior was told to expect an e-mail from a Southern Cal coach, who was sending a questionnaire. Before heading home, Hughes was again approached by coach Johnson, who then said that Southern Cal assistant coach Joe Barry was on the phone.
“That was definitely a surprise,” Hughes said of the phone call. “It caught me totally off guard.”
Interest evolved quickly into an official scholarship offer. Hughes has interest in the Trojans, although he admits that location could be a real negative.
“Of course location would be a factor because I’m a big family dude, but I can’t overlook them,” Hughes said. “I definitely have a lot of decisions to make.”
Hughes counts double-digit FBS scholarship offers, including Clemson, Connecticut (verbal offer), Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State (verbal offer), Southern Cal, Tennessee (verbal offer), Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Clemson, in particular, is one of the recent offers to catch Hughes’ attention.
“I’m looking at Clemson hard,” Hughes said. “Clemson was one of my childhood favorites. Watching college football, for some reason Clemson would be on. I just loved the whole demeanor of Clemson.”
Hughes named a top four of Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State and Virginia Tech back in December, but at this point he says his top school list is “thrown off.”
The Virginia Beach star plans to make more college visits in the near future. What’s next on the schedule?
“I’m going to head to Virginia Tech [this Saturday],” Hughes said. “I came back from Maryland [this past Saturday]. I have a great feel for Maryland. It’s even better than the feel I already had. Maryland did an awesome job of telling me why I fit in there. They broke it down on film and everything, where I would be in the system. They did a great job [on Saturday]. I’m going to Virginia Tech and the week following I’m going to UVa on March 6. That’s it for now, but I also want to get to N.C. State and I’m trying to get down to Clemson. I’d like to visit USC if I can.”
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