Rivals250 linebacker Travis Hughes took an unofficial visit just over a week ago to one of his leaders. The 6-foot-1, 214-pounder made the trip to see his brother Trenton and the Maryland Terrapins.
"It went well," his father, Tony Hughes said. "It was a good scrimmage and spring game for Maryland. They've got a lot of skill players up there and his brother played. He loved it, seeing his brother do his thing."
The trip overall went well.
"Travis knows he can play there and start there," he stated. "He definitely likes Coach Brown, a good defensive coach. One of the biggest things Maryland was talking about and their vision is that they want an ACC Championship and also a national. Travis wants the big picture from those schools and obviously Virginia Tech's at that point and North Carolina is talking about it too."
According to Hughes, one thing is key in the linebacker's decision.
"Travis is all about who is going to win," he said. "All of his top teams have big games the first week of the season, North Carolina-LSU, Virginia Tech-Boise State and Maryland-Navy. All are big, national TV games and Travis is going to see how they do out of the gate. We're actually planning to go to the Maryland game and Virginia Tech game on the opening weekend since they are both in the area."
While there are clear favorites, Hughes maintains other schools are in the picture.
"We want to get down to Clemson and LSU for visits," he said. "We don't know when, but we're going to try. We've seen enough of Maryland and North Carolina right now.
"We want to get back down to Virginia Tech, Clemson and stretch it out to LSU. We're planning to go to Tech this week for the Nike Camp. We wanted to go last week, but his brother was playing."
At this point, a decision is far off for the linebacker.
"He's enjoying the ride and he's got the top three and then Clemson and LSU are in the picture in the top five," he said. "I don't think a commitment will come until the fourth or fifth game of the season."