Virginia Beach LB talks Tigers

Arguably the biggest need for Clemson in the 2011 recruiting cycle, linebacker has been a point of emphasis in the Tigers' efforts so far. One of the top targets at the position is looking to set up a trip to Clemson.

LB Travis Hughes Profile

The last time Kempsville High School (Virginia Beach, Va.) middle linebacker Travis Hughes spoke to CUTigers, he was on his way to Blacksburg to see Virginia Tech. Since then, he's visited Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State and Virginia.

"I'm trying to figure out (a Clemson trip). My father's been so tied up with work so I'm trying to get down with one of my friends—Demetrius Nicholson," he said.

Like Hughes, Nicholson is a Scout.com four-star prospect from Virginia Beach with an offer from Clemson. Once they're able to find a date that works for both of them, they'll schedule a trip.

"We're trying to work it out. I know coach (Billy) Napier has been really coming at me hard to try to get down there," Hughes said. "He's saying that he knows I would love it. He just wants me to get down there."


As a junior, Hughes had 79 tackles, five tackles for loss and four sacks. He also forced and recovered three fumbles. (Scout.com)
He'll cut down his list sometime this summer before making a commitment during his season this fall.

There are several aspects Hughes is considering while evaluating his offers.

"Coaching staff—the stability of the coaching staff. Maryland isn't that stable because I know coach (Ralph) Friedgen is probably going to leave in two or three years. I know the coach that's going to come in and replace him," Hughes said. "Clemson, I know coach Dabo Swinney's not going anywhere. At North Carolina, I know Butch Davis isn't going anywhere. Virginia Tech, those coaches are not going anywhere.

"I also want teams that have the national championship on their mind. I know for a fact Clemson's got that on their mind."

He's also looking for a "comfort level" with his family and a good education.

His brother, Trenton Hughes, is a cornerback for the Terrapins. The chance of playing with his older brother for one season is intriguing.

"I have a good opportunity at Maryland also. My brother being there, I would get to play for him for one year," Hughes said. "I'm not trying to make my decision on that."

As a junior, Hughes had 79 tackles, five tackles for loss and four sacks. He also forced and recovered three fumbles.

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