Hughes Announcement A Week Away

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Next Saturday, at a press conference at Jimmy’s Steakhouse in Virginia Beach (VA), Kempsville High School star Travis Hughes will reveal his college choice. If the 6-1, 220-pound senior linebacker/running back knows where he is going, he is not giving any indication.

“Next week is going to be key for me,” said Hughes, who made official visits to Clemson, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech. “I’m really going to break down what the head coaches have to say. I think I’ll have fun doing it.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and Virginia head coach Mike London are scheduled for in-home visits, but Hughes admits that Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Tech are higher on his list right now. UNC’s Butch Davis is expected in-home on Monday and Maryland’s Ralph Friedgen will be in-home later on next week.

Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer has already been in-home with the talented linebacker.

“Coach Beamer came down on Sunday. He came with Coach Foster, Coach Torrian, Coach Newsome,” Hughes said. “They came a day after winning the ACC championship. That was impressive to me. I was impressed with the ACC title win. That showed a lot. Virginia Tech gets the job done. They just get the job done. Now they want to win a national championship.”

Hughes spoke in-depth as well about Maryland and North Carolina.

“Coach Davis does an awesome job,” Hughes said. “What they were able to do this year speaks to the coaching. They really return a lot of talent next year, so they should be set. They have the chance to be really good. My main question for them is what is going to happen to the program.

“With Maryland, Ralph Friedgen did an excellent job. The difference between the program this year compared to last year was day and night. My question there is how long will Coach Friedgen stay. I’m hearing good things on that front, but I want to ask him.”

Hughes, who says that next Saturday’s announcement should take place around noon, has one more high