Kendall Washington knows all about football recruiting having watched his older brother Dennis Underwood be part of the Class of 2005. This talented athlete has just received an offer from Cincinnati and is excited to talk about the offer.
"Yes I received an offer from Cincinnati. Coach Narduzzi is the coach recruiting me from Cincinnati and he's such a great guy. I came down on to campus during a Junior Day during the basketball season and he showed me around the campus and I liked everything I saw."
But while Scout.com has the 6'4 - 195 lb. 4.6 40 Washington listed as a receiver, it's the other side of the football he says college coaches are recruiting him for.
"I played running back, receiver and quarterback on offense last year. I rushed for 800 yards and scored 6 touchdowns and I also caught 35 passes for 715 yards and 8 touchdowns. I also threw for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns last season. But all the colleges that are recruiting me are talking with me about playing outside linebacker. They all said I'll make a great outside linebacker in college."
But while being multi-talented may help Washington get more offers, he's looking for more then just playing time in college.
"I want to get an education and earn my degree. I'm looking for a school that is really interested in me doing this. I'm also looking for a school that has good coaches and players who will play hard and have the same goals I have in winning a championship."
But while he's already received offers from Miami (Ohio), Kent and Cincinnati, he's also seeing heavy interest from Boston College, Syracuse and Illinois. What other factors may come into play when the time comes for Kendall to make his decision?
"I would like to stay close to home but not too close to home if you know what I mean. I'm looking to get a little away but not too far. I really liked my visit to Cincinnati and could see myself there in the future. I liked all the new stuff they are building. That new building looks like the Nike swoosh and seems to have everything a college athlete would need."
While Washington is seeing his stock rise in recent weeks, he also knows there is still work to be done.
"I feel my strengths are that I'm very focused on being a team player. I know there is more to a football team then just one person and it takes a team to win. I know I still need to work on my speed and route running if I were to be a receiver and would need to work on technique if I'm a linebacker. I still have a lot to prove to myself. My brother and I still compete and I like to beat him in everything we do. I want to beat his times and his performances at each level."
So while Cincinnati looks to have the lead early in the recruiting process, Washington is still looking to improve.
"I went to the Nike camp and was one of the fastest linebackers there. I'm going to the Scout.com combine in Louisville and then I'll also take in some summer camps."
When asked if he took in any college games over the past season Washington said he was only able to get to one.
"I went to the OSU when they played Texas. That was very exciting and I really enjoyed myself there. Other then that I wasn't able to get to any other games last season."
Kendall Washington may be the latest to receive a Bearcats offer, but he won't be the last. Bearcat Insider will continue to cover Kendall during the recruiting process and also work on bring Bearcat fans the latest stories on the players the University of Cincinnati has interest in.