Virginia LB planning Clemson visit

The Tajh Boyd connection to the Tidewater Region of Virginia continues to be Clemson's in to the talent-rich area. From Virginia Beach, the No. 3 rated middle linebacker is keeping Tigertown as a possible destination for an unofficial visits in the near future.

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Truth be told, Clemson has always been a favorite of Kempsville High School four-star middle linebacker Travis Hughes.

"They're one of my childhood favorite schools," he said. "Every time I turned on the television…they would be on there. I like the whole swagger about Clemson."

Offensive coordinator Billy Napier stopped by Kempsville earlier this year to show Clemson's interest in Hughes. Later, during the day of the visit, Hughes said he e-mailed Napier to thank him for the consideration.

"He sent back a reply that said, ‘Offer soon.' Then, three weeks later, he e-mailed me saying, ‘Good news from Tigertown.' He told me an offer was in the mail," Hughes said.

Along with Clemson, his other offers include: USC, Texas Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, West Virginia, Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and East Carolina.

Thus far on the spring recruiting circuit, he's only visited Maryland and Virginia Tech for Junior Days.

"I'm trying to get to Clemson for the spring game," Hughes said.

He's never visited Clemson, though his father's recently spoken with Boyd's mom.

"They say it's a great place, so I can't wait to get down there to see what's going on," Hughes said.

As he go on visits, Hughes hopes to get a better idea of how each of the schools' coaches and players interact and how the players interact with each other.

"I'm starting to get into this. I'm getting down to these colleges again, checking out everything. I'm about to start putting my list together really soon," Hughes said. "I'm trying to get a feel for all of the coaches first."

A timeframe to make a decision has not been set.

"I really want to give these guys a chance. I don't want to rush a decision or anything like that," he said. "I'm definitely going to get to Clemson and a couple of more schools, just to see, get a good for feel for where I fit in things."

As a junior, Hughes, recorded 79 tackles, five tackles for loss and four sacks. He also forced three fumbles and recovered three while rushing for 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns on offense. Top Stories