Hughes Could See Himself at UNC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Mike Hughes has placed little emphasis on recruiting. Thus, the defensive back hasn't made many recruiting trips the past couple of months. His most recent trip occurred in February for North Carolina's Junior Day.

"It was great," the 5-foot-10, 160-pounder from New Bern (N.C.) said. "They showed me a good time. I liked the atmosphere. And it's a place I could see myself going."

The junior day had a Hollywood theme equipped with a Carolina Blue carpet, photos with Rameses, and faux interviews. Each aspect impressed Hughes.

"That was a great feeling," Hughes said. "I loved it. I have never been to anything like that before. I really liked it. It was pretty much like a ‘Wow' situation."

The night ended in the Smith Center to watch the basketball matchup against Duke. It was Hughes's first live Tar Heel basketball game.

"The atmosphere was great," Hughes said. "I rushed the court with the fans. I couldn't really believe it, but I just wanted to live the life of the fans that night. I had fun."

Hughes actually arrived in Chapel Hill that day about an hour before the festivities began. From then until he left, he was shadowed by Dan Disch, UNC's cornerbacks coach and Hughes's area recruiter. His early arrival allowed Disch to escort Hughes around campus for a brief campus tour.

"They probably wanted me to commit that day, but I'm not ready," Hughes said. "That message was pretty strong. He just showed me a good time."

Not only is he not ready to make a verbal commitment, but Hughes is not ready to anoint favorite schools.

"I'm pretty much open to everybody right now," Hughes said.

Hughes plans to assemble a list of favorite schools this summer after taking more visits. He's unsure the destinations of such visits.

Regardless, UNC appears in a great position to make the cut.

"They're moving up, but like I said I'm open to everybody right now," Hughes said.

Besides UNC, Hughes has visited East Carolina, Florida, and NC State.

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