Washburn narrows list, sets visit

Four-star center Chris Washburn says that five schools remain in the mix for him, and one visit has already been set up.

One of the best uncommitted big guys in the country is Grand Prairie (Tex) South High School product Chris Washburn. The center from suburban Dallas really exploded over the summer thanks to his production on the interior, and now the four-star prospect is readying for his first official visit.

"Everything is still basically the same right now," said Washburn of his recruitment. "I have narrowed it down some, and I have an official visit coming up to UTEP."

Washburn's older brother Julian attends UTEP, and that is one thing that the Miners have working in their favor.

"I am just expecting to go over there and hang out with my brother," said Washburn. "I have already seen the campus, but I want to see how it is when people are there. Also I will go to a game and see how that atmosphere is. It should be a good visit, and I want to see what the whole school experience is like."

He continued, "I decided to make my first trip to UTEP because they are the school I have been in the closest contact with."

Along with UTEP, four other schools remain in the mix for Washburn.

"Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Baylor, and Kansas are the other schools that I am still considering," said Washburn.

At the moment Washburn says that no other visits are set in stone, but he is hoping to at least visit three more schools, and possibly all of them before coming to a decision.

With the early signing period coming up in the next few weeks, Washburn says that a decision is unlikely, but he won't be extending this process longer than it has to go.

"I will sign during the late period, but I should have my decision way before that happens," explained Washburn. "Just right now I am not ready to make my decision, but it won't be something I wait until the signing period to do."

For now Washburn is taking some time and looking things over. He knows what is important to him in a school, and what he will be looking for on all of his upcoming visits.

"I am just looking for somewhere I can go in and play, but a place where I have to work for everything and a school where they will make me better," said Washburn. "Also good academics are very important to me."

Currently Washburn is viewed as a four-star prospect and the No. 99 player overall in the country.

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