Kempsville (Va.) safety Trenton Hughes said Sunday he called Terps assistant Tom Brattan, the man in charge of his recruitment, and gave him the word. He’ll make it official when he visits for the scrimmage Aug. 19.
“I’m going to go up to Ralph Friedgen and shake his hand,” said Hughes, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound safety who chose Maryland over Virginia Tech, among others.
“[Brattan] was excited.”
Hughes was waiting to commit because he was taking a summer school course and had promised Friedgen he would raise his GPA; he got an A in chemistry. Other schools have continued to recruit him, but he isn’t taking any more calls.
Hughes recorded 50 tackles and eight sacks last season. He also took sixth in the state of Virginia in the long jump. He will play somewhere in the defensive backfield – whether that means safety or cornerbackis to be determined by the UM staff.
“They like my aggressiveness, my swagger, and they saw that I’m not afraid to hit,” said Hughes, who fell in love with the campus when visiting this summer and seemingly was never in doubt about where he wants to play.