Hughes Compares Local Schools

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Kempsville (Virginia Beach, VA) linebacker prospect Travis Hughes did make the trek to the University of Virginia on Saturday, so he now has taken in junior days at Maryland, Virginia Tech and Virginia over the past month. All three schools impressed the 6-1, 215-pound junior, who has become one of the state’s most highly recruited prospects.

Hughes reflected first on Saturday’s recruiting event in Charlottesville.

“UVa was actually all right,” Hughes said. “The coaches are really nice. All the coaches are great people. Talk to anybody that went to the junior day and they’ll tell you there was a strong recruiting class there. Lots of good players were there. Coach London is a great coach. He does a great job of selling the school. I’ve never seen a coach that active in the recruiting process. He greeted me at the door. I have appreciation for what he did. It was a very good visit.”

And then he broke down the three ACC schools and what stands out about each, beginning with the University of Maryland.

“I love Maryland to death. I’m not going to lie,” Hughes said. “I love Virginia Tech to death. UVa, I love them also. At Maryland, my brother is there and the coaches are serious about me playing my first year. Defensive coordinator Don Brown took my grandfather and father into the room and broke down exactly where I would be and how I’d be used my first year. My family is comfortable with Maryland because of my brother’s experience there. That’s the best part and why Maryland is so high up there.

“Virginia Tech is also a place I could play early. Coach Bud Foster took me in a room to talk to me. To be coached by Bud Foster would be amazing. You hear him talk about defense and you know he really knows what he is doing. He is a true coach. There is a consistent coaching staff there. I think they said they’ve been together the second longest other than Joe Paterno and his crew. Frank Beamer is an excellent coach. I can tell by his record. Virginia Tech is a winning team. Of all the ACC schools, I see them going to the national championship before any of them.

“UVa has got a new start with the new coaches and everything. Mike London is an excellent recruiter. Coach Chip West and all of them were great. I felt amazing love from the coaches. To be honest, and me and my father