Four-star RB visits ECU

2016 Southlake Christian Academy (Huntersville, N.C) four-star running back Robert Washington is one of the top backs in the state and has a connection with ECU. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about his recent visit to Pirate country.

Although it's early in his recruitment, Southlake Christian running back Robert Washington is hearing it from multiple big-time programs. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound standout has eleven offers to his name already.

To name a few, Boston College, Louisiana Lafayette, Arizona, Syracuse, UCLA, Arizona State, UNC Chapel Hill and North Carolina State have all extended offers to Washington.

He also has a laundry list of other schools interested in him.

"I'm hearing from Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia, Tennessee and Vanderbilt," Washington said. "Out of my offers I would say Boston College keeps in contact most."

As far as ECU goes, Washington has an interesting connection in the program. Sophomore linebacker Zeek Bigger and Washington have had a long standing relationship on and off the field.

The relationship has helped ECU stay fresh in this recruit's mind.

"I've been watching Zeek play since sixth or seventh grade," said Washington. "I used to because my cousin was best friends with Zeek so I was around him for a really long time. He's been talking to me more since he's been at ECU, he's a great player."

ECU inside receiver coach and recruiting coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick initiated contact with Washington and the program had him visit during ECU's 55-14 win over Southern Mississippi last Saturday.

"I know coach Kirkpatrick," he said. "I talked to him and the coaches for a little when I was there. I like the coaches, they rolled out the carpets for me and my friends at the game and all of us had great time. The team looks great too."

The game against Southern Miss was Washington's first time at ECU.

When asked about his top schools, he admitted it's a little early for that.

"I don't have a top three right now," Washington said. "I talk to all coaches to see what they have. The place I end up has to have good football, but the academics are most important. It doesn't matter the conference if the school and relationship with the coaches are good. That's what I'm aiming for and I'm coming out with a top ten list soon."

With it being so early on in his recruitment, Washington is working to make himself more of a complete package at running back.

"Boston College wants me to be more of a three-down back," he said. "I'm trying to get better at all aspects of the position. Running, catching, blocking and I'm studying the defense to understand the game better."

With so many offers, it's hard to predict where Washington will end up. More offers should be on the way as this young prospect has no signs of slowing down.

ECU can only hope that Washington's relationship with Bigger aids in his recruitment.

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