Big time cornerback considering ECU

North Carolina native,Aapri Washington has already received 15 offers. East Carolina has yet to offer but has drawn interest from the Cornerback.

Class of 2017, Aapri Washington out of Mount Island Charter (Mount Holly, NC) already has a total of 15 official offers from big time programs including Boston College, Ole Miss, and TCU. For now, Washington will take his time, considering all the schools fairly in his recruiting process.

“It has its ups and downs sometimes it can get frustrating,” Washington said. “You just have to keep your head on straight and its pretty fun. I’m getting to sightsee different schools and I’m also meeting a lot of different people like other recruits, current players and the coaches.”

East Carolina has not officially offered the 5-foot-9, 160 pound cornerback, but Washington has made one visit to Greenville when ECU hosted UCF last season. Washington was able to see Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium at the highs and lows of that game, which even after the ECU loss, left him with positive feelings for the Pirates.

“Everything was up-tempo, they strike back if somebody else scores on them; they don’t sit back and let the game come to them they go attack the opponent,” Washington said. “They were losing at first, but they came back, everyone was on the same page; It was a great of example of how they can strike back with their up-tempo offense.”

After just the one visit Washington rates his interest in the Pirates as a six or seven on a ten-point-scale. The cornerback stressed again that he would like to learn more about the program but the game atmosphere and mentality of the team was a major interest point and he would like to revisit ECU to add more to it.

Similar to ECU’s air-raid offense, Washington believes that his strengths include the same ability to forget the last play and continue to attack the opposing team. Another tool that Washington has is his ability to play multiple positions. In high school, Washington is playing Wide receiver, quarterback in addition to his main position on defense at cornerback.

“It helps a lot because when I’m on the offensive side, I can read the defense because that’s my main job,” Washington explained. “On the defensive side I can really be ready for the different looks, schemes, formations and all the stuff like that.”

With two season left of high school football before the athlete officially has to make his decision, he will have plenty of time to think through all of his options. For now, Washington has begun to attend camps and visit schools which has made him begin to think about the major factors that will play into his decision.

“Definitely the relationship with the coaches,” Washington said. “The life outside of football including the school, what major I choose and last of all somewhere I can possible earn playing time my freshman year. If a school has a lot of defensive backs I have to look at that.”

Last season Washington finished with 65 tackles, two interceptions, and 21 pass break ups on the defensive side. On the offensive side, Washington had 22 receptions for 369 yards and three touchdowns.

Washington hopes his hard work in the weight room will help him get stronger and faster so he can make a smooth transition to the next level. To go along with the weight room work, Washington also noted that he is a leader on the field and he will continue to develop more as a vocal leader to help his team excel.

“It means a lot, there’s a lot of kids that wish they were in my position,” Washington said. “Also that I am able to get out and see all the different places and schools. I am very blessed to be able to have the opportunity and the offers as of now.”

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