Tidewater Recruits to Visit UNC

Two of North Carolina's top targets from Virginia will be visiting Chapel Hill together.

Travis Hughes and Demetrious Nicholson will be in Chapel Hill this Saturday.

"I like North Carolina and I need to get back up there, talk to the coaches, and get a better feel for them," Hughes said. "We were going up there for the 27th [of March], but something came up. So Tre Nicholson and I, we're going to take that trip down there the 20th."

Saturday's visit will be Hughes' second to Chapel Hill. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder from Virginia Beach (Va.) Kempsville attended last season's UNC-Georgia Southern game at Kenan Stadium.

"[Saturday's visit] I want to see how I will fit into their scheme," Hughes said.

UNC is primarily recruiting Hughes as a linebacker. However, Ken Browning, Hughes primary recruiter, has also discussed the possibility of playing running back.

A handful of schools are recruiting Hughes as a running back. The rest project him as a linebacker.

"I don't really have a preference [between the two positions]," Hughes said. "If I had the choice, I'd rather be on the defensive side of the ball, because I like to hit people."

Hughes starts at both positions for Kempsville. As a junior, he rushed for 1,312 yards and 13 touchdowns, and registered 79 tackles, including five tackles for loss and four sacks.

Eighteen schools have offered Hughes a scholarship. Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, and Tennessee are the newest offers.

Hughes doesn't have a leader, but said he currently favors Clemson, LSU, Maryland, UNC, and Virginia Tech.

"LSU, I talked to the coaches and they're really interested in me," Hughes said. "They want me to take a trip down there.

"Clemson, I've actually talked to everyone on their coaching staff and know them over the phone. They sound like great people. They have a legitimate need for me. They really want me bad.

"North Carolina, I've been there. They show great love, they have an excellent coaching staff there. They put people in the league. They're building a great program over there.

"Maryland, I'm used to Maryland already being that my brother goes there. I already know the coaching staff. My visit there was excellent…

"Virginia Tech, I also had a great visit there. I like the coaches."

Hughes' brother, Trenton, is a junior cornerback back at Maryland.

"I try to not make [my brother playing for Maryland] a factor, but it is my brother and I've never played on the same team as him," Hughes said. "It would be great to play with my brother and Maryland is talking about giving me early playing time.

"But I'm not basing my decision on that. It's about where I feel comfortable at and where I feel I'll be most successful at."

Hughes isn't sure when he'll make a verbal commitment. He says it's likely to occur during the football season.

Hughes has additional trips scheduled to Clemson and NC State. He has previously visited Maryland, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

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