Elijah Hughes Adds More Offers

Elijah Hughes
Elijah Hughes officially visited Virginia Tech last weekend.(@elijahhughes81)

Elijah Hughes
Defensive Line, Class of 2023
Washington-Liberty, Arlington, VA
6-3, 265

For two weeks this month, Washington-Liberty (Va.) 2023 defensive lineman Elijah Hughes’ schedule is jam-packed. He’s already taken two visits, with two more to go, starting this weekend.

Hughes began his stretch of visits last weekend with an official one to Virginia Tech. On Wednesday and Thursday, he camped at Stanford, and this weekend he’ll officially visit Maryland. An official visit to Duke is on tap next weekend.

Hughes admits it’s been a lot to take in already. His Stanford visit resulted in a scholarship offer from the Cardinal to bring his total to 15. And through multiple flight cancellations and delays, Hughes pushed his visit with the Terps back a day. Still, he said he hasn’t lost sight of the goal, to find his college destination.

“My main priority is a school that feels like home,” Hughes said. “I know that’s broad, but a staff that prioritizes me and a school that I’d like to be at if there wasn’t football.”

Hughes has visited Virginia Tech a handful of times now, including this spring for practice. His trip last weekend, however, allowed him a more thorough evaluation.

“It was a pretty awesome visit,” Hughes said. “It was really nice to get to know some of the players there. I liked having the ability to talk with my player host, Bryce Duke, and get an idea of what it would be like if I went there. I think I learned a lot just from the players. I got to meet with the professors and went to the camp the day before, so I learned from Coach (JC) Price.”

Price has become Hughes’ primary contact with the Hokies, though it didn’t start out that way. Assistant coach Joe Rudolph first scouted and offered Hughes as an offensive lineman before the staff decided it liked him better on the defensive side. Price then resumed the recruitment.

“I think we have a good relationship,” Hughes said of Price. “We talk every so often, and he’s a straight-forward guy. I like him. There was a point where it transitioned from Coach Rudolph a few months ago. I wasn’t talking to him quite as much as I am now. I camped as a D-lineman. I was offered there, but kind of discovered by Coach Rudolph, so he wanted me to play O-line and I was torn at the time.”

Though it came in few words, Hughes said overall he has a good feel for Virginia Tech.

“I really like it there,” he said. “I can see myself there for sure, whatever that means to you. I like the vibe.”

Hughes said he also enjoyed the somewhat impromptu trip to Stanford, where he camped on Wednesday. He said he was born in west-central California, near San Luis Obispo, and regularly visits the area. That put the Cardinal as an internal possibility before the staff reached out to Hughes.

“We were thinking about camps to go to this summer and Stanford got in contact,” he said. “We usually do a California trip anyway. It was only a few days, but we have family here. We went to camp and it’s a pretty great school, and they offered after the camp. I’d be lying to you if I said I didn’t like it. But it happened yesterday, so I don’t want to say too much until I think about it. I like the campus, the school, but I want to have a week to think it through.”

Hughes said he plans to arrive home tonight, then arrive on campus at Maryland tomorrow morning. He said he hopes to follow up on a visit he made there this spring.