Movin' on up

One of the nation's top 2011 linebacker prospects just wrapped up his first visit to Clemson and now has the Tigers rapidly moving up his list of favorites.

LB Travis Hughes Profile

Bayside High School (Virginia Beach, Va.) linebacker Travis Hughes spent just under a full day in Tigertown this weekend. He spoke with CUTigers about the trip on Sunday morning.

"We're headed home right now, but it was a really good visit," Hughes said.

Clemson is still in solid contention and has full control of the number two spot on his list of favorites.

"I've got to move Clemson up. Right now, they're right behind North Carolina…they definitely could move up seriously," Hughes said. "I knew they could do that."

The best part of the visit was meeting with defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Kevin Steele.

"He's a football maniac. I'm a football maniac. I love people who can sit down and talk football 24/7," Hughes said. "He reminds me of my linebacker coach, for real. The way he looks at you, I see my linebacker coach. I get the feeling I get with my linebacker coach at my high school and my linebacker coach gets after me pretty well. When I mess up, he knows my potential. He'll get after me…it's always good, positive stuff.

"I love that. That's what I need. That's what I really do like in a linebacker coach. I like fiery coaches. I'm not going to lie. As a linebacker coach, you need to be fiery. As a defensive coordinator, I like that aggressive stuff. I like people who attack and Clemson is an attacking defense."

Hughes has taken notice of the work Clemson's done of late on the recruiting trail. That is very much a positive in his eyes.

He was impressed by the facilities, Vickery Hall and Howard's Rock. But, at the end of the day, Steele made the biggest impression.

"Coach Steele really was a good selling point of this whole Clemson trip," Hughes said. "I mean Dabo is an awesome person. He's real laid back. He looks like a real personable guy. We met his family, his wife and children. They're all real nice."

Hughes was also able to meet with Tajh Boyd and his family, who used to live in the same area of Virginia.

Hughes said he will take an official visit to Clemson. He'll speak with offensive coordinator Billy Napier, his main recruiter at Clemson, about setting that date.

"It was an awesome visit. It was a real homey feeling," Hughes said. Top Stories