Auburn A Dream Come True For Signee

Auburn signee Demond Washington talks about his decision to be a Tiger.

Tallassee, Ala.--One of the top athletes in the 2009 Auburn signing class, 5-9, 185 Demond Washington chose the Tigers over the Ole Miss Rebels after going back and forth between the two schools for much of the last three weeks leading up to signing day.

Expected to get a shot on offense for coach Gus Malzahn's hurry up/no huddle attack, Washington says for him it came down to comfort level and a chance to see the field early. That's not surprising with Washington having just two seasons of eligibility left coming out of Mississippi Gulf Coast College.

"I think I can come in there and get early playing time," Washington says. "Plus it's close to home. I felt very comfortable with the coaching staff there.

"It was a real tough decision," he adds. "I kept going back and forth, back and forth. I felt Ole Miss one day and Auburn the next day. It all came down to Auburn at the end of every day."

Growing up in Tallassee, just about a 30-minute drve from the Auburn campus, Washington says for him the chance to play football as a Tiger is something he could have never imagined would be possible.

"They were my team," Washington says. "Growing up I always wanted to wear orange and blue and play for Auburn. Now I have that chance."

Expected to move to Auburn in May following his graduation from junior college, Washington says so far he's had the chance to get to know several of his new teammates and likes the make up of the roster.

One of the big reasons why Washington ended up signing with Auburn is fellow signee and MGCC player Eltoro Freeman. Already on campus, Freeman was around for Washington's official visit and showed him everything he needed to know to solidify his choice to be a Tiger.

"I know a couple of people at Auburn," Washington says. "My relationship is pretty good from my past in Tallassee. Eltoro Freeman is like a brother to me.

"Eltoro is a great leader," he adds. "He's a great football player. He's the kind of guy that can get the best out of you every time."

A standout at Tallassee before his days in junior college, Washington rushed for over 1,000 yards as both a junior and senior for the Tigers.


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