Talented Athlete Torn Between Two Favorites

This standout junior college player talks about his visit to Auburn over the weekend and if he's still committed to Ole Miss.

Tallassee, Ala.--A commitment to the Ole Miss Rebels, junior college athlete Demond Washington from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College took an official visit to Auburn over the weekend and says now the Tigers and Rebels are deadlocked as he heads towards signing day. Still committed to the Rebels, Washington says things are up in the air as to how things will end.

"The visit went real good," Washington says. "The facilities are real nice. The coaches and the players got along real good. I really had a good time.

"It's in between Auburn and Ole Miss," he adds. "I don't know just yet. There are no more schools. There are no minuses for either. It's all pluses because both are pretty good schools. Both have good coaching staffs and great players and are letting me come in and play the position I want to play."

Being recruited during the spring by Auburn's former coaching staff, Washington says he didn't hear from the Tigers again until last Tuesday when he heard from Gene Chizik and his staff. He says things quickly escalated to the point where he took an official visit.

"Auburn has a great coaching staff," Washington says. "The new coaches have come in and they're nice. I just like the coaching staff. They are pretty good. They care about you and aren't going to just feed you bull.

"They really did (put on the full court press in recent weeks)," he adds. "That makes you feel good. It's a school close to home that I always grew up being a fan of. That feels real good. I have been on and off Auburn, but I grew up an Auburn fan."

Hosted by Philip Pierre-Louis on his official visit, Washington is a player who played both offense and defense while at junior college. He says that right now the Auburn coaching staff is telling him he'll have a chance to do both on the next level as well.

"As of right now they're still saying I could play any position, either on offense or defense," Washington says. "I may play a little running back, receiver and corner."

In addition to his player host, Washington also spent a great deal of time with former GC teammate Eltoro Freeman. Already on the Auburn campus, Washington says Freeman made a big push for the Tigers this weekend.

"Every night he showed me a great time," Washington says. "I love it there. He (talked Auburn) pretty good."

Another factor that seemingly would be in Auburn's favor in addition to Freeman is that Auburn is only 20 minutes from his hometown of Tallassee. While it has its advantages, Washington says sometimes that can also be a disadvantage.

"Being close to home is always a plus, but then again it's not always good," Washington says. "You can go home and get in trouble. If I do decide to go to Auburn it won't be a factor though because I'll be there (Auburn) every weekend.

"It (Tallassee) is a small city," he adds. "It's a small city, but trouble is easy to get into and hard to get out of."

Washington says he and his mother will sit down and talk about both schools before making a decision. He adds that he'll likely wait to announce it until Feb. 4 on national signing day, but could have a decision before that time.


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