Throughout his recruitment, Hughes has been in very frequent contact with the Maryland football staff, saying, We speak nearly every week. Hughes and the coaches have had a family-like relationship from the start, My relationship with the coaches is probably one of the best relationships I have compared to the other schools that have given me offers, Hughes continued, It is truly awesome to be at that level.
Maryland has continuously given Hughes an intriguing pitch, covering the spectrum from playing time, to campus life, and academics, The have shown me a lot of angles that have impressed me, said Hughes. Recruited at middle linebacker by the Terps, Hughes currently plays in a defensive system that is very similar to the Terrapins at Kempsville High School. Hughes believes this similarity could be very helpful for him, as it would lower the steep learning curve that most freshman athletes encounter during their first season at the collegian level, I know their system very well. It will definitely be a lot easier for me to step in and excel quickly, explained Hughes.
The Maryland campus has stood out for the recruit as well. Since his first visit in eighth grade, and the many visits after, Hughes has, Loved everything about it; inside, and out. Hughes has been deeply impressed with Maryland for years, as his brother is currently enrolled as a student. On his visits, Hughes has recognized a number of facets that he has fell in love with on campus. However, most of all, the recruit has loved the atmosphere that comes with being a Maryland student, Its truly a family there, Hughes stated. Everyone really comes together as one.
Hughes made an official visit when the Terps held their home opener against Morgan State. The recruit was, thoroughly impressed, by what he saw at the game. It was an unbelievable visit. There was so much energy, and so much school spirit. It would be a special opportunity to be a part of that, said Hughes.
As a self-proclaimed vocal player on the field, the Terps coaches would love to land Hughes; a player they feel can push his future teammates, just like he currently does for Kempsville. Most of all, the Maryland coaches has been impressed with the linebackers rare speed, They love that I strike quick and go down hill on ball carriers, said Hughes. Running a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, Hughess most underrated ability is his sideline-to-sideline speed, I cover a lot of ground. My ability to read plays is a skill I have been working on a lot. I think it would really complete my game, Hughes explained.
Hughes has a very tough decision to make, as all three ACC schools in his top three have impressed him, The have all given me a lot to think about, said Hughes. A major factor in the linebackers decision will be his comfort level with the Universities. He commented on his comfort with Maryland saying, I couldnt be more comfortable with a program.
Before making his decision, Hughes hopes to make a number of unofficial and official visits. Although a visit may secure his thoughts on a school, Hughes loves what Maryland has to offer, Everything about University of Maryland is sensational; from the coaches, to the location, to the fans, the atmosphere, all the way to the team. I love Maryland.