"We had Maryland come down already. We had Clemson come down this past week."
And round two starts this week.
"They are coming around again, and this time we will have Coach Butch Davis coming down."
"We are having Coach (Kevin) Steele coming into town and Coach (Dabo) Swinney. They are all coming between Saturday and Wednesday making their last pitch."
As they near the final week, his top list still remains.
"We are leaning towards Clemson, Virginia Tech, Maryland and North Carolina.
"Clemson's got a lot of upside with them. North Carolina's got a lot of people coming back and the guys that played this year, they'll be even better. North Carolina's going to be solid. Maryland, they've got everyone returning. Tech is Tech. They are solid. The only thing with Tech is who will be their quarterback?"
The question of QB seems to be a big one for Hughes.
"I look at a program with a solid QB. If they don't have a solid quarterback then their defense is on the field a long time. I think Maryland has that with a great defense coming back and a solid quarterback in (Danny) O'Brien. I love him. He is one of best QBs out of Maryland."
"Then you got Tech, but who will be their quarterback? Tyrod Taylor made Tech. It will be harder."
"UNC has a very good backup in (Bryn) Brenner and a solid defense coming back and a solid coaching staff."
"And Clemson with Tajh Boyd and a solid coaching staff and a good coach such as (Kevin) Steele."
When asked about the coaching situation at Maryland, he was not at all concerned. He replied, "He (Coach Ralph Friedgen) is not going anywhere."
When asked about UNC, and if the pending NCAA situation will affect his son's decision at all?
"We still have love for Carolina now. We will see what Coach Davis will say. I tell you that we love North Carolina -- we love the coaching staff, we love Butch Davis. He is still getting good recruits. Even though he missed commitments, he still has good recruits on board. I would just hate to put ourselves in a situation where (Travis) is committed and signs and things might come down. But we feel comfortable with North Carolina."