Five-Star Talks About Visits, His Decision

Talented Demond Washington talks about his visits from Auburn and Ole Miss and when he'll announce his choice.

For talented junior college athlete Demond Washington the time is near or for either Auburn or Ole Miss, it could be over. Whatever his decision is, Washington isn't telling, at least not yet.

Down to the Tigers and Rebels, Washington hosted members of both staffs on Thursday to try to help him make a final decision between the two. While it wasn't easy, Washington says he's finally got a grasp on what he wants to do.

He admits though things could still change between now and Monday when he announces a final decision at home in Tallassee, Ala. With the schools so close Washington says he wanted to get one last talk with both to try to help him separate the two.

"I was impressed by both schools," Washington tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm going to base my decision off both schools. I thought it would be easier by doing this, but it really wasn't. Both schools came in, not only as recruiters, but as friends.

"I haven't made a decision yet," he adds. "I pretty much know where I want to go, but not where I'm going to go."

First up on Thursday was Ole Miss and assistant coaches Ron Dickerson and Derrick Nix. The Rebels coaches were in from 12:15 to around 2 p.m. and Washington says he liked what he heard from them.

"Both coaches came in and sat down and were telling me how they were going to utilize me in the running and passing game and the return game," Washington says. "We just sat down and talked about how everything is going."

Following the Ole Miss coaches was Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. Although running back coach Curtis Luper was on the trip with Malzahn, he had already visited Washington and couldn't take part according to the running back. Still he says he enjoyed everything he heard from Auburn's point of view.

"He was showing me stats of his last offense and where they were ranked in the nation," Washington says. "He told me some about his high school stuff. He told me how they were planning on using me in the offense and in the kick return game. He just asked if I had any questions.

"I was very impressed with him," he adds. "They had the number one offense in the country last year. I like the way they use their running backs in the games. I was impressed by that."

Now with both schools having visited for the last time before signing day, Washington says now all that is left is more pondering over the weekend and then making his announcement on Monday.

"I feel pretty good about things," Washington says. "Things aren't going to be that tough."

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