Kempsville (Va.) safety prospect Trenton Hughes plans to give the Terps coaching staff a verbal within the next week or so, he and his father, Tony Hughes, said Saturday afternoon. Hughes apparently has chosen the Terps over offers from Virginia Tech, N.C. State and South Carolina, among others.
Hughes, a very athletic three-star prospect who projects as a college safety, recently visited Blacksburg, received a written offer from the Hokies and has had Tech commits Tyrod Taylor and Davon Morgan in his ear about joining them. But it wasn’t enough to sway him after he fell in love with Maryland’s coaching staff and with the campus during his visit to College Park earlier this month.
“You’ve got to go to the place you’re going to love,” he said, “and that place is Maryland.”
While Hughes has not given a verbal to Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen, he and his father said they plan to do so in the next week or so. From the sounds of it, it would take an extreme change of momentum for that not to happen.
“We love Maryland,” Tony Hughes said, “and they love him up there also.”
Hughes, 5-11 and 175 pounds, recorded 50 tackles and eight sacks last season. He also took sixth in the state of Virginia in the long jump (22-5). He and his family were most impressed with Friedgen, defensive backs coach Tim Banks, and offensive line coach Tom Brattan.
“Brattan rolled out the red carpet for me and my family … we left Maryland, and we were like, ‘Woah,’” said Tony Hughes, who added that the distance to College Park was perfect. “The five-hour drive to Virginia Tech, we weren’t feeling that. Maryland is about three-and-a-half hours, which is just right.”
Trenton Hughes has a 2.6 GPA and a 940 on the SAT, and is attempting to raise his GPA a bit at the request of Friedgen. He said College Park felt like the perfect place to spend his college years.
“I love the environment,” he said. “I think it’s great socially and just a great place for me to grow and mature into a man.”