UVa Makes Push For Hughes

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Travis Hughes made his fourth official visit this past weekend, when he traveled to the University of Virginia. Virginia, which defeated Miami on Saturday, impressed the Kempsville (Virginia Beach, VA) star linebacker/running back, who figures to have a tough decision to make in the coming months.

Travis’ father, Tony, discussed what caught his son’s attention this past weekend.

“Mike London has a lot of upside,” he said. “He is a players coach. Travis talked to the players already on board the team there, and they really said to us that comparing the previous staff with this one is like night and day. UVa is a team to be reckoned with. Another big thing that was impressive was all the recruits there on Saturday. Curtis Grant is one. Demetrious Nicholson. Daquan Romero, who has already committed to UNC. They are big-time recruits. There was a guy from Georgia and a guy from Texas. A whole lot of recruits are buying into the program. The coaches did a good job on the visit of laying things down.”

Asked for his opinion of UVa following the weekend, Tony answered, “I like the academic thing with Virginia. I like how he would fit with the academia there. I love Coach London as a head coach. He is a players coach. He has got a lot of support in trying to build the program.”

Twenty high school seniors have committed to the Cavaliers program, which is hoping to make a big-time splash with its remaining scholarships.

“One of the biggest upsides they are selling at UVa is that this could be the big class that makes things happen. These recruits could be part of the one class that really gets it going. That is something young men like,” Hughes said.

An official visit to Clemson was scheduled for this weekend, but at this point it doesn’t look like that trip will happen. Tony did not rule out the possibility of his son making an official visit to Clemson at some point (he has been there unofficially), but for now the focus is on Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

“There is not really a doubt that one of those four will be one of the schools he goes to,” Tony said. “He likes Clemson. He likes Coach Napier. He likes the staff, but it’s a stretch right now. LSU is still in the agenda somewhat. He might take a look out there, but I’m not sure about that. He may take a fifth official visit. It may be to Clemson.