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UNC lands top linebacker; Pack add ATH

UNC added three-star inside linebacker Travis Hughes of Kempsville High School (Virginia Beach, Va.) to its recruiting class of 2011. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Hughes chose UNC over Clemson, Virginia Tech and Maryland.

"I was kind of pulling toward Virginia Tech last night," he told the Virginian-Pilot. "But my brother and my father ultimately said that North Carolina would be my best fit. In my heart, I knew it was North Carolina, but I was just trying to weigh everything. I feel like I can go there and make an impact."

He was also offered by Michigan, North Carolina State, Virginia, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas Tech, USC, West Virginia, Connecticut, East Carolina, Kentucky, Louisville and Oregon. UNC coach Butch Davis is putting together an impressive class that is currently comprised of 21 commits, including two from the ESPNU 150. It's remarkable that none of them have been deterred by the NCAA investigation.

NC State also landed another commitment this weekend, as athlete Hakim Jones became the Wolfpack's 11th verbal. Jones started at safety and wide receiver for Southern Vance in Henderson, N.C. He had 30 receptions for 457 yards and five touchdowns as a receiver, and seven interceptions as a defensive back (returning two for touchdowns). He also returned punts for a 18.9-yard average with two more touchdowns.

His older brother, Ernest Jones, played linebacker for NC State from 2003-2007.