4-Star LB Hughes Shakes Up List

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Kempsville (Virginia Beach, VA) linebacker/running back Travis Hughes had a top five, in order, of UNC, Clemson, Maryland, Virginia Tech and LSU, but there has been a shake-up at the top. The 6-1, 215-pound senior, fresh off of official visits to Maryland and Tech, updates the latest.

“These official visits are changing my mindset,” Hughes said. “First the Maryland visit got me thinking and then the Virginia Tech visit was a great one. I’m thinking a lot of different things, but I can tell you that there is no clean favorite. I’m hoping somebody rises up and sets themselves apart.”

In August, Hughes indicated that he planned to take official visits to all five favorites. He still may take all five, but he seemed a little less certain about his future plans this time around. Also, LSU appears to be getting bumped out of the picture.

“As for the next visit, I can’t really tell you because I don’t know for sure,” Hughes said. “I’m trying to set something to UVa also. I’m going to try to make it an official. I like how UVa is progressing. I like the program as a whole and the recruiting class they have put together. If they keep on this progression and get more players, they could be tough.

“I think Clemson is solid. That is a place I want to see again. I want to go see UNC. Right now, I’m thinking LSU is the one out.”

The University of Maryland, where Travis’ brother Trenton is a junior on the football squad, is a program Travis is highly familiar with. Hughes had a good official visit the weekend of September 11 and the appeal of playing alongside his brother remains, but how well Maryland does this season will likely have a big impact.

“The Maryland visit was really good,” Hughes said. “They played Morgan State. Against West Virginia last week, they didn’t look bad on defense but the offense wasn’t clicking.

“Maryland is going to have to win games and keep growing as a program. They took a step back last year. They’re trying to come