Hughes Enjoys UNC Official Visit

North Carolina improved its chances with Mike Hughes during his official visit to the school over the weekend.

“It makes my feelings [towards UNC] a lot stronger,” Hughes said. “Just the atmosphere – I love it.”

UNC was Hughes’s third and final official visit. The New Bern (N.C.) native previously took official visits to both Florida and NC State. Those three aforementioned schools comprise the 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete’s finalists.

“The next step is just to sit down with my parents, pray on it, and before that deadline hits I’ll make my decision,” Hughes said.

Hughes, who said he plans to be a midterm enrollee, doesn’t have an exact date for a decision. Furthermore, he said he’s not leaning towards one school.

“I think all three are pretty even right now,” Hughes said.

Further complicating Hughes’s collegiate decision is New Bern’s season. While most recruits’ seasons have already concluded, Hughes has at least one more week remaining and possibly two. With Hughes at quarterback, New Bern, which is undefeated, will play Wilmington (N.C.) Hoggard in the semifinals of the NCHSAA 4A playoffs on Friday.

An outlier among Hughes’s trio of finalists is Florida’s head coaching position. It’s currently vacant.

“It doesn’t really affect anything,” Hughes said. “I’m just looking forward to see what coach they’re going to get.”

Hughes’s UNC official visit provided him a unique opportunity – a chance to see two of his three finalists play live against each other.
“It doesn’t really factor in,” Hughes said. “Everybody makes mistakes. State came to play, but I know how good Carolina is. So it definitely won’t affect my decision.”

The official visit was the latest in a long line of trips Hughes has made to UNC.

“Everything was great,” Hughes said. “I got a chance to bond with the players and the coaches. It was a lot of fun.”

Freshman cornerback M.J. Stewart served as Hughes’s host during his stay.

“He was just talking to me about why he made his decision,” Hughes said. “He really likes it and [he was] just trying to influence me on how good the school is. He told me it’s the best decision he’s ever made. I think that will be a factor in my decision.”

When he wasn’t with Stewart, Hughes usually was spending time with Dan Disch, his primary recruiter and UNC’s cornerbacks coach.

“We have a great relationship,” Hughes said. “I met him my sophomore year and we just been building that relationship ever since then.”

Hughes, who was accompanied by his mother, concluded his visit with a meeting with Larry Fedora.

“[He talked about] life after football [and] how he wants me to get my education – that’s the most important thing,” Hughes said.

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