Travis Hughes Sets Decision Date

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Kempsville (Virginia Beach, VA) linebacker Travis Hughes has settled on December 18 as the date when he will announce his college choice. A few visits, including one more official visit, remain before that time comes. Does the 6-1, 215-pound senior have an idea right now of which school he will choose?

“I keep getting ideas, but then they keep getting crushed every week,” Hughes said with a laugh. “It will be a really wild process.”

Clemson, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech are the finalists, and all “legitimately have a chance,” Hughes said.

In order, Hughes has taken official visits to Maryland, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Virginia. The fifth and final official will be to Clemson on the weekend of November 27. He made an unofficial visit to UVa last Saturday and will go to Maryland this weekend for the game against Florida State.

Hughes commented on each of the five finalists.


“Clemson is a great school. Overall, I loved Clemson growing up. I watched them on TV. I’m hyped to go down there and really see them. Coach [Kevin] Steele is a passionate coach. They are good, but I know they need help.”


“My comfort level with them stands out. They have a lot of young players. The defense will really be untouched next year. They are losing a few players, but they will be pretty well kept. Most of that team will be back next year.”

North Carolina

“They have great coaching. They have a completely depleted squad. For them to beat the teams they’ve beaten and to be contending with teams like Virginia Tech and LSU with those players hurt, that’s all coaching. They are still trying to get it done. I love that part. UNC has the fan support. It has almost everything I’m looking for.”


“UVa is in a rebuilding process and they need recruits. Talking to guys like Trey Nicholson, they are considering going to Virginia to be part of the rebuilding process. That’s