Hughes most recent visit came last weekend at Virginia Tech. He will be going to Orlando for the Gridiron Classic at the end of July, and a visit to Virginia will be sandwiched in between. The summer will then wind down with a trip to the Clemson campus.
“Our schedule has been so busy, it’s ridiculous,” said Hughes father, Tony Hughes. “He still has to get in all of his official visits. Travis is having fun and taking his time, and he definitely won’t do anything decision-wise until after his season starts and he sees some more places.
The relationship with the Tiger staff came when the coaches noticed Hughes at one of Justin Hunter’s track meets, and LSU has since not slowed on applying the press on the Virginia Beach native.
“He was just a big kid running a fast 100, and the LSU coaches saw it and liked him a lot,” the elder Hughes said. “He has gotten to know coach (Les) Miles well, and he’s fascinated with him. They talk about the facilities and the environment, and coach Miles has him really excited about getting down and seeing Baton Rouge.
“We just have to find the time,” he added. “I know Travis really wants to get there. LSU is a trip that he talks about a lot.”
With the Tigers trying to bounce the Tar Heels from the top spot, Hughes pointed to the Sept. 4 college football season opener between LSU and North Carolina as a must-see for their family.
If LSU wins, Hughes feels that his son will take an even harder look at playing under defensive coordinator John Chavis.
“Travis looks at it as a game where each team can prove what they are all about,” he said. “I know he’s wanting to see it play out. That will set a nice tone for one of the teams.”