Hughes Raves About UNC Visit

North Carolina left a strong impression on Travis Hughes during his Saturday visit to the Chapel Hill campus.

"It went great," Hughes said. "I loved it. I would say it was my best visit out of all the colleges I've been to. I loved everything – the coaches, the facilities, [and] the surrounding area. Everything was great."

Previously, Hughes has visited Maryland, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

Hughes, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker from Virginia Beach (Va.) Kempsville, made the visit with his father and six other Va. recruits – Quintae Funderburke, Demetrius Nicholson, Daquan Romero, Raysean Richardson, Caleb Taylor, and Mason Thomas.

Heading into Saturday's visit, Hughes' main question was how he fit into UNC's football program.

"They basically said it's my choice," Hughes said. "I'm going to go with linebacker… I'll be able to get in there my first year with my work ethic. I've been playing linebacker for a long time. Plus, I like giving hits."

Hughes' Saturday visit revolved around UNC's spring practice.

"It was real high tempo," Hughes said. "Everybody was having fun. It was aggressive, it was fast, [and] it was well put together. There was hitting, but they weren't bringing anyone to the ground [and] they were keeping everybody safe."

Besides watching practice, Hughes and company were given a campus tour by Marcus Berry, UNC's Director of Player Personnel.

"We got to see the gym and all the other parts of the indoor facilities," Hughes said. "The whole campus was beautiful. It was a nice day outside. It was a perfect day for us to come up there."

During his stay, Hughes spoke to almost every member of UNC's coaching staff. More importantly, though, his father was able to do the same.

"[They discussed] just the opportunity [at UNC]," Hughes said. "They could see me as a great player and they were glad to get me up there.

"They all talked to my father, which is a big deal because he's going to have a big influence on my decision."

Before Saturday's visit, Hughes was favoring five schools: Clemson, LSU, Maryland, UNC, and Virginia Tech – all five schools have offered. That list has now been slightly altered.

"North Carolina really impressed me with everything," Hughes said. "I'm not going to put them as my leader. But they are up in my top three."

Maryland and Virginia Tech round out Hughes' top three.

Hughes isn't looking to make a verbal commitment until the football season.

This summer, Hughes plans to make a return visit to UNC. He also has spring trips scheduled to Clemson, East Carolina, and NC State.

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