Devin Washington, a defensive end at Jones High School, had these comments about his trip to check out the Tigers. "The visit to Auburn went real well," he said. "We got to see the campus and all of the facilities and the amenities that go with it.
"I got to meet the coaches, including Coach (Mike) Pelton, the defensive line coach. I met Coach Chizik, too, so it was a really nice meeting."
Although his team struggled last fall, the 6-3, 225-pound Washington, who noted that he is just 16-years-old and still growing, showed the potential to help his team improve this coming season.
"Record-wise the season was kind of bad because we went 2-8, but we were a young team and we have a bunch of juniors who are coming back," Washington pointed out. "I ended up with 55 tackles with 11 for lost yardage and 6 1/2 sacks, which was pretty good because we mostly played run-oriented teams. I am ready for next year."
Washington has picked up early scholarship offers from Florida International and Cincinnati and is getting attention from many other colleges like Miami, where he was invited for a junior day before coming to Auburn. "It was pretty nice," he said of his trip to visit with the Hurricanes.
Commenting on his junior day at Auburn, Washington said, "First we went to a group meeting where they talked about Auburn University. Then we split into defensive and offensive meetings and they acclimated us to what playing defense would be like at Auburn.
"After that we got to see a little bit of the basketball game and that was fun," he added. "After that we got to see the weight room and then we went to the academic center."
Academics will be an important part of the equation for Washington, who said that he has a 4.7 grade point average taking advanced placement classes at Jones High. "I have been on the straight A honor roll since first grade," he said.
Washington said having the very early scholarship offers makes him feel good, but not satisfied. "It is exciting, but I am planning to stay focused, work hard and hopefully take that number into the 30s," he stated.
Commenting on his interest in Auburn, Washington said, "I wanted to check it out. I heard a lot of good things about Auburn and that it is a great school. I came up with my brother to try to get a feel about how it would be to go to college there."
His brother, Nick Washington, is a safety prospect from Jacksonville Christian, a heavily-recruited player who has an early offer from Auburn.
There is a possibility that Devin Washington could get an offer from the Tigers as he continues to develop as a football player.
"Right now the best part of my game is my speed off the edge and the way I use my hands," the defensive end said. "I have a motor so I don't give up on plays. I go 100 percent all of the time. I use my speed to get past the big guys because I am not the biggest defensive end, but I use my technique to my advantage."