Kempsville (Virginia Beach, VA) linebacker Travis Hughes once again took to the recruiting trail this past weekend. But unlike September official visits to Maryland and Virginia Tech, this visit was in an unofficial capacity. The 6-1, 215-pound spent a few hours in Charlottesville Saturday to check out UVa’s home contest versus Florida State.
Hughes only recently moved the Cavaliers into his top five, which also includes Clemson, Maryland, UNC and Virginia Tech. It was not the first time he has been to Charlottesville this year, but it was his first in-person view of Mike London’s program. He provided his impressions of the game and the atmosphere.
Hughes on the atmosphere
“They had good fan support,” Hughes said. “They have a pretty good following. A lot of eyeballs are on the program now. A lot of people want UVa to do well.”
Hughes on the game
“Florida State’s defense is freaking amazing. The speed they have is really good. UVa went out there and had a pretty good scheme. Just some of the plays they could’ve had, a few dropped picks, could’ve been game-changers early. When you are the underdog, you have to be as perfect as possible. Scheme-wise, they tried to do things early to confuse FSU. The D was just on the field so much. If Virginia can get going on both sides of the ball, they could be real dominating,” Hughes said.
The loss doesn’t affect Virginia’s standing with Hughes, who is taking into account how each of his favorites performs throughout the year.
“I’m not going to let one game impact anything,” Hughes said. “It’s not what they wanted, but it will be interesting to see how the coaches get the players to focus on Georgia Tech next week.”
This weekend, Hughes will travel to UNC for an official visit. He then heads to Clemson for an official on October 23 and will make his fifth and final official to UVa on the weekend of October 30. After naming UNC as his leader for several months, the standout senior now claims no leader.
Despite Virginia being the most recent addition to his top five, Hughes says the Cavaliers “could go as far as anybody else,” Hughes said. “They have one of my officials, so that should tell a lot.”
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