NC State's recruitment of a top Virginia linebacker from the Class of 2011 is a perfect example of how technology has changed the way the recruiting process works in a very short period of time.
Travis Hughes, a 6-1, 215-pound athlete from Virginia Beach (Va.) Kempsville, has the versatility and athleticism to line up at running back, inside or outside linebacker, or even safety, according to his father, Tony Hughes. That's what Pack Pride learned in a recent interview with the elder Hughes. We also learned that the Pack put an offer out there not long ago.
"They have a written scholarship out there for him," Hughes said. "I know he's done team camps up at NC State with his football team, so he's been down there.
"All the ACC schools were sending mail but nothing from NC State was coming in. Then one day he came home from school and said his coach had called him into his office. The NC State coaches had called and asked about film on Travis.
"His coach told them to search for his video on YouTube. As soon as they saw that highlight they called right back and said they were offering him a scholarship. They wanted Travis to call the coach up there, so he did and they had a great conversation. Travis is very pleased. We're gonna try to get up there to see their game against Maryland."
Maryland is another school in the mix, but for entirely different reasons. Hughes' older brother suits up for Maryland. He was at Kempsville in 2006 and 2007, playing with Jay Smith, who is now in the NC State football program.
"Maryland is a sentimental favorite," his father explained. "But he's his own man. He's intrigued about playing with his brother, but he's a very aggressive player and he doesn't think Maryland plays aggressive enough for him. He loves the aggressiveness of North Carolina and Virginia Tech. NC State was a big surprise for him, too, and I know he likes them. He likes LSU, Georgia, and some others that have been showing interest."
Maryland and NC State have extended written offers to Hughes, while West Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and East Carolina have put verbal offers on the table. He has also been hearing from schools as far as west as California, Oregon and Colorado.
All the ACC schools, as well as SEC schools such as LSU, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt have been showing interest.
Hughes will be attending the Pack's game against Maryland, and he also plans on checking out NC State when they travel to Blacksburg to play the Hokies.
Aside from recruiting, he's putting together an impressive junior campaign. Kempsville is 4-3 on the year and Hughes is leading the area in rushing. He has 784 yards on 6.2 yards per carry with 7 touchdowns. He has three more games to reach the 1,000 yard mark, and he appears to be ready to accomplish that. His father also said he has had double-digit tackle numbers in every game so far.