Hughes Reports on WVU Visit

Seneca Valley's Xavier Hughes was one of approximately 25 players to take in West Virginia's spring-closing scrimmage on April 19. What did the aggressive safety find on his first visit to the WVU campus?

"When we got there we took a tour around the football complex. We looked at all their trophies, and watched a film. Then we toured the weight rooms to see what those were like. I'll tell you what, I just fell in love with that campus. It was beautiful. Everyone was really nice. They were very open, very friendly people. I can't explain how good it was. It just felt like home."

Hughes, who holds offers from West Virginia and Buffalo, was quite excited about everything he saw at WVU. That extended to his meeting with defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, who took time out to speak with the Germantown, Maryland native.

"Coach Casteel is a very cool guy," Hughes offered. "He was very open about everything. He told me how everything was at West Virginia, and what it would be like to go there. He told me it would not be easy, and that I would need to bring my A game. He was very truthful about it all."

Hughes didn't get a chance to speak with many of the players, as they had meetings following the spring game, but noted that he liked the manner in which they conducted themselves in the contest. Noting that "intensity, heart and speed" were some of the traits he observed, he commented that WVU's style was one that he likes, and that mirrors his own style of play.

As a junior, Hughes recorded 68 tackles, three interceptions and 12 pass breakups in the defensive secondary. He earned mention on All-State, All-3A and All-County squads, and is looking forward to boosting both his numbers and recognition as a senior.

"I'll be playing some receiver, but defense is where I want to play in college. I want to do the hitting," he added with a laugh. "My cover skills are good, and my ability to hit is probably what I'm best at. I like dishing out the hits."

Although Hughes was quite impressed with West Virginia, he said he does not plan on committing soon. He is scheduling a trip to Buffalo, and plans to camp at West Virginia and Ohio State. He also likes Maryland and Rutgers, and all of those schools are under consideration.

"I want to see who else offers me," Hughes said of the recruiting process. "I want to see the types of majors schools have, and how I fit there. I'm interested in the engineering field, and West Virginia seems like they are good fit for me. Everything was right there."


Hughes also noted that Ohio State was one of his favorites, so if the Buckeyes show interest or come through with an offer, an interesting battle could be shaping up for his services.

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