Hughes: Pop's Perspective

It's crunch time as five-star middle linebacker Travis Hughes expects to make a decision by next weekend. Between now and then, he will be swamped with in-house visits. We get his pop's perspective.

The pressure is rising for five-star middle linebacker Travis Hughes from Kempsville High (Virginia Beach, Va) as he plans to announce his commitment Saturday December 18 at noon. Teams vying for the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder are making one last stab.

"We had several in-house visits last week," says Tony Hughes, his father. "Virginia Tech came down to visit him after the ACC championship. Coach (Frank) Beamer and Coach (Bud) Foster came right after the ACC championship, which was very impressive."

"We had Maryland come down already. We had Clemson come down this past week."

And round two starts this week according to pops.

"They coming around again, and this time we will have Coach Butch Davis coming down."

"We are having Coach (Kevin) Steele coming into town and Coach (Dabo) Swinney. They are all coming between Saturday and Wednesday making their last pitch."

As we near the final week, his top list still remains.

"We are leaning towards Clemson, Virginia Tech, Maryland and North Carolina."

"Clemson's got a lot of upside with them. North Carolina's got a lot of people coming back and the guys that played this year, they'll be even better. North Carolina's going to be solid. Maryland, they got everyone returning. Tech is Tech. They are solid. The only thing with Tech is who will be their quarterback?"

The question of QB seems to be a big one for Hughes.

"I look at a program with a solid QB. If they don't have a solid quarterback then their defense is on the field a long time. I think Maryland has that with a great defense coming back and a solid quarterback in (Danny) O'Brien. I love him. He is one of best QBs out of Maryland."

"Then you got Tech, but who will be their quarterback? Tyrod Taylor made Tech. It will be harder."

"UNC has a very good backup in (Bryn) Brenner and a solid defense coming back and a solid coaching staff."

"And Clemson with Tajh Boyd and a solid coaching staff and a good coach such as (Kevin) Steele."

When asked about the coaching situation at Maryland, he was not at all concerned. He replied, "he (Coach Ralph Friedgen) is not going anywhere."

I then asked him about UNC, and if the pending NCAA allegations and loss of commitments will effect his son's decision at all?

"We still have love for Carolina now. We will see what Coach Davis will say. I tell you what we love North Carolina. We love the coaching staff. We love Butch Davis. He is still getting good recruits. Even though he missed commitments, he still has good recruits on board. I would just hate to put ourselves in a situation where he (Travis) is committed and signs and things might come down. But we feel comfortable with North Carolina."

*Travis' good friend and Gatorade Virginia Player of Year Demetrious Nicholson is heavily considering Virginia and North Carolina. Top Stories