Rivals250 linebacker Travis Hughes is focusing in on a decision. The 6-foot-1, 228-pounder plans to announce his choice next month, but before that he plans to take a few visits including his final official in a few weeks.
"We have a decision date on the 18th of December," Hughes' father Tony said. "There will be a press conference at a restaurant."
To date, Hughes has taken four of his five official visits to Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The final one is coming up over the Thanksgiving holiday to Clemson on November 27th against South Carolina.
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"We saw Clemson play at North Carolina on the official there, but this will be our first time on an official to Clemson and in the stadium," he said. "We want to go and talk to the coaching staff. They have been recruiting him really well.
"It'll be perfect, it's over the Thanksgiving holiday so I'll be on vacation and we can stay on Friday and Saturday. During school it was just too much, but now we're able to do it. Coach Napier has been courting him really hard. He has done a really good job recruiting him and he owes it to him to go down to Clemson."
While the Tigers will get the final official, at least two others will get unofficials.
"We might take some unofficials for basketball, maybe or maybe not," he said. "We are going to Virginia this weekend to see them play Maryland and Trenton (Hughes). Then, we're going to see Maryland play Florida State next week."
Although Hughes favors two schools, Hughes wouldn't reveal that in detail.
"There's a strong two for sure, but I ain't going to say who," he said. "I still think it's wide open to a certain degree. But, the 18th gives everybody a chance to be finished, all the bowl games will be announced and nobody will be playing football. A lot should be cleared up by then and we'll have a decision done before Christmas."
With finalists' set and a decision date in order, what is going to be key in Hughes decision?
"It'll depend on the academics, the coaching staff, who can coach him to the next level and put him in the national spotlight," he said. "We like that the ACC is close to home, the competition is there, it's very competitive week in and week out.
"We wanted to take these officials to be official visits, not just for a plane ride, but go somewhere you're going to potentially go to school to learn the campus and the people you'll be dealing with, that's very important."
Meanwhile, the season just wrapped up for the No. 9 inside linebacker in the nation.
"He had 354-yards rushing and six touchdowns along with 10 tackles, two pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and two sacks," he said. "He had an amazing game on Friday. It was to a point in the fourth quarter they took him out or he could have scored two more touchdowns. He averaged 14.75-yards per carry.
"He had a great career at Kempsville, they have a great family there."