Top LB/RB Impressed by Visit

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Kempsville (Virginia Beach, VA) linebacker Travis Hughes ‘ wrong turn en route to Virginia Tech’s junior day on Saturday turned out to be a benefit. The 6-1, 215-pound junior arrived late for the event but was able to see more of Blacksburg than he otherwise would’ve seen.

“Virginia Tech yesterday actually surprised me and my father,” Hughes said. “Me and my dad got up there and kind of took a wrong turn into the business section of town. We ended up being a little late, but we saw the surrounding area of Virginia Tech. It’s not bad. There is a lot of stuff there. I didn’t realize there were that many food places and things to do. It’s a nice college town, as the coaches put it. First off, it was actually pretty cool.”

The visit started on a positive note and ended up being a “great visit,” the Virginia Beach star said.

“I talked to all the coaches and they were happy I was there,” Hughes said. “Coach [Curt] Newsome and everybody opened up the red carpet for me. I talked to coach Foster in the linebackers meeting room. He showed me how they plan to use me. He talked about playing me at the Backer or Whip positions and all that. I liked it. It was real nice. I had a great visit. I talked to coach Beamer. He is a great person. He had me and my dad come into his office. He thanked me for coming in. He said, ‘We need you. You are the type of player who could help us win the national championship.’ He seemed real sincere and I appreciate him making me feel welcome. I felt a lot of love.”

Hughes was highly impressed with Maryland last weekend. Virginia Tech showed well this weekend. These two ACC programs seem to be positioned well at this point.

“Both made great impressions on me,” Hughes said. “Don Brown at Maryland and Bud Foster at Virginia Tech are great. Going through the visits, I was able to see what I would do in their systems. The Maryland and Virginia Tech defenses would both be good for me.

“Maryland wowed me. Virginia Tech wowed me also, but I want to get a little better feel.”

Hughes did not rule out the possibility of making a commitment before the start of his senior year. For now, though, he plans to continue to make unofficial visits to potential suitors. Up next is a trip to Charlottesville.

“I’m going to UVa