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Hughes discusses UNC official

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Rivals250 linebacker Travis Hughes took his third official visit to North Carolina over this past weekend. The 6-foot-1, 228-pounder broke down the trip and his status with the Tar Heels now.
"I got there early Saturday morning and it was an awesome visit the whole way," he said. "I met with the coaches early, it was brief at that point of time. We went through and talked to the academic people and I got one of my meetings with the sociology and criminology department."
Following that, Hughes headed over to the game.
"I went to see the Old Well Walk," he said. "I wouldn't have expected the fans to be so into football, but they all knew me by name. I wouldn't expect that from North Carolina as they are supposed to be a basketball school."
Hughes then went to watch the win over Clemson.
"It was really cool, I was there with Drew Owens and he was having a pretty good time also," he said. "They pulled through and had a really strong game. Clemson looked pretty good, but North Carolina got it done.
"I've been there before, nothing was real different, but it was a bigger game, a much bigger game. Last time I went to the Georgia Southern game. It was a little a little more hyped, so I got to see the fans in full effect."
Hughes also kept a close eye on the linebacker play.
"They go to the ball, sideline-to-sideline," he said. "The linebackers have speed and I can see where they want me to fit in at. They use their linebackers and they are a key component, especially since the defensive line isn't as strong as they should be."
After the game, the four-star prospect hung out with a number of the linebackers including his host Kevin Reddick.
"I hung out with Kevin Reddick, that due is really cool and down-to-earth," he said. "I also talked to Bruce Carter and Quan Sturdivant. It was pretty cool with them."
On Sunday, Hughes sat down with the coaches more including head coach Butch Davis.
"We watched some film and I got time with Coach Davis, it was an awesome time with him," he said. "We talked serious. He told me he's not going anywhere, he's there and all the rumors saying he's gone I shouldn't pay no mind to them. Hopefully the situation will be taken care of cause it's a really good college.
"My dad was there and he asked the serious questions and they were being truthful. I know if I do go there I've be coached up really well."
So, where does this visit put the Tar Heels now?
"I'm going to put them back at No. 1," he said. "I liked everything about the visit. Even the players, I talked to Johnny White and others, they are all really real people. They are my No. 1 school right now, you can't go wrong with the academics and the players coming in."
Hughes maintains he still plans to take his final two officials to Clemson and Virginia. The Virginia visit is on October 29th, while Clemson has been moved to November 5th.
With what appears to be most of his questions answered, is Hughes leaning towards an earlier decision still?
"We still want to see what happens, we're not going to rush it. I know there are still a lot of things going on with North Carolina. They just finalized something new today."
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