The Latest With Top LB Travis Hughes

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Travis Hughes may not be certain as to where he will end up playing his college ball, but at this point there is a solid chance he’ll land in the ACC. The 6-1, 215-pound junior, a linebacker out of Kempsville (Virginia Beach, VA), has three ACC programs currently atop his list.

“[Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Tech] are very strong on my list,” Hughes said. “N.C. State is also a strong choice for me. UVa is still in there strong, actually, and Clemson is there too. Coach Chavis from LSU is coming [Wednesday]. It’s really crazy. I’m still going through the evaluation stage.”

Hughes, who says he has “19 or 20” official scholarship offers including offers from all of the schools listed above, discussed what stands out about the top three programs.

“The thing with UNC and Virginia Tech is that they are established programs right now,” Hughes said. “Virginia Tech probably could go on to a National Championship on the route they are going right now. UNC also has a great opportunity next year by playing LSU in the first game. They could be real high in the BCS rankings.

“Maryland got me because of the great opportunity I’d have to get on the field early. I’d have a great opportunity to be a playmaker in the scheme early. Plus, I’d get to play one year with my brother and that would be awesome. I’m so comfortable with Maryland. I know every nook and cranny. My family is comfortable with Maryland, too.”

Hughes discussed the importance of early playing time in his decision.

“Actually, seeing how many offers I’ve got, I know a lot of schools genuinely want me,” he began. “At first, it wasn’t important. My brother went the red-shirt route. I know I’d be good with a red-shirt, but I’m trying to make an impact on the field early. I don’t want to put too much into it, though.”

Hughes’ most recent visit was to UNC for its Spring Game on April 10. He also attended a spring practice in Chapel Hill and attended junior days at Virginia and Virginia Tech. This Saturday, he will head to College Park for Maryland’s Spring Game. No other unofficial visits are planned after this weekend, although Hughes does intend on taking part in the Nike Camp in Blacksburg