Hughes Sets Summer Plans

One of the top recruits in Virginia, Travis Hughes pulled in an early offer from Penn State. The linebacker says the Nittany Lions have a program "I'd love to visit."

Travis Hughes was spending a quiet weekend afternoon in his hometown of the Chesapeake part of Virginia Beach, playing video games with big brother Trent. The games can get to be pretty competitive, as one might imagine, considering that his old brother is a defensive back at Maryland and one of the most important returning starters to that program this fall. Trent enjoyed a monster spring for the Terps.

It wasn't a bad spring either for little brother Travis. He counts 18 offers in hand with Oregon the latest to offer him.

"They came back into the picture," Hughes said. "That was exciting news."

He anticipates a few more offers coming in with Georgia a possibility soon and Arizona State joining the aforementioned offer from Oregon and USC as Pac-10 programs after the linebacker prospect. This summer, he hopes to make a swing of visits, including Michigan, Clemson and LSU and if he's able to, making a jaunt to Los Angeles to visit the Trojans. Hughes said he knows what he wants from a school and plans to ask each coach what their goals are for the program. Stability in the coaching staff is also a key for Hughes.

Closing in quickly on 20 offers, Hughes said that one of his early offers, Penn State, interests him a lot.

"It is an awesome school," Hughes said. "I'd love to take a visit there when I can, maybe this summer or even during the fall."

He said that the program recently paid a visit to his high school in Kempsville to talk to his coach and make its presence felt. It came as a bit of a surprise to Hughes.

"I had a visit this week from Penn State," Hughes said. "I thought they had forgotten about me because I hadn't heard from them in awhile."

Hughes said that he really likes Beaver Stadium and is especially intrigued by the "White-Out" conditions on game day. He knows that when the stadium is packed it can be an amazing experience. Hughes is also fully aware of the program's tradition of producing top NFL linebackers. Yet as of right now, Penn State isn't a part of his current top seven.

"Right now, it is North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Clemson, LSU, USC and Michigan," Hughes said. "I'd say that North Carolina is probably number one right now."

Although his big brother is going to be an impact player this fall for the Terps, little brother said he isn't getting too much pressure to "Fear the Turtle" quite yet.

"He's just offering me real good advice on everything. He's not pushing me too hard to join him," Hughes said.

The recruit hopes to make a commitment during his senior season this fall.

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