Talented Transfer Hearing From Tigers

Prattville High School standout Keith Washington talks about Auburn, making the move from Texas this season and the recruiting process.

Prattville, Ala.--Making the move from Brazoswood High in Clute, Tex., to Prattville might seem like a big move for some, but for three-star cornerback prospect Keith Washington it has been a smooth transition. With people he already knew in the area, including Auburn running back signee Kamryn Pettway, the transition for the 6-2, 170-pound athlete has gone off without a hitch.

"It has been great," Washington said. "It's a great environment. They've got great people and a great football program so it has been an easy move. I actually have a lot of family in the area so I knew half of the players before I even moved here."

With Pettway a cousin and because the two are close friends it's no surprise that Auburn is one of the colleges that Washington is hearing from as he prepares for his senior season with the Lions. Playing both quarterback and defensive back, he said that both of Auburn's secondary coaches, Charlie Harbison and Melvin Smith, have been in contact with him about playing defensive back for the Tigers.

"They can't decide whether I'm a safety or a cornerback," Washington said of Auburn. "I just love the campus over there and the way that they play and also the coaches. They make me feel like I'm at home."

Keith Washington

Making a short visit to the Plains early in June, Washington said it gave him the opportunity to hang out with Pettway and get a feel for what life is all about as an Auburn football player. The experience was one that he said made him like the Tigers even more.

"He just mostly tells me how they're going to work you hard when you first get there," Washington said. "That's pretty much what he's doing right now, just working to get a spot for next year."

With the size and speed (4.38 40-yard dash) to be a successful defensive back on the next level, Washington said it's fun to be able to play offense this season for Prattville as well. Lining up behind massive offensive tackle Kenny Thomas and with a pair of talented junior running backs as well, he said that so far the two-way duties have been exciting..

"It's definitely fun," Washington said. "I get to experience both sides of the ball. In the end it's about which ever one can get me on the field first."

Already with offers from North Carolina, Miami, Duke, Missouri, Northwestern, Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas State, Memphis, Wake Forest, Rice and several others, Washington said at the moment there's not a school at the top of his list but that will change very soon.

"I don't have a leader right now, but I'm going to commit in July," Washington said. "I'm close to narrowing my list down."

Still waiting on an offer from Auburn, Washington said that one could be a game-changer for him. While he said he would still take his visits and make sure it was the right fit for him, the Tigers could make a quick move if they come through this summer.

"It would be huge," Washington said. "It would probably be the biggest offer that I have right now. I would love to play with him (Pettway), but I would still be open to all the other school,s too. It's going to be a decision-making process for me."

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