Jacory Washington didn't come to Baton Rouge on Saturday expecting to commit.
LSU was just another school on his ever-growing list of scholarship offers. But something clicked with Washington during the "Boys from the Boot" Junior Day, and he had to add his name to LSU's Class of 2014.
"It was totally unexpected," Washington said. "I came here with a clear head, just ready for a Junior Day. But when I sat down with Coach [Les] Miles and he told me how he'd utilize me in the offense that he's wanted to run for a couple years, he just hasn't had the weapons to do it. It sounded good to me."
Washington became the third member of the 2014 class and the first from Louisiana.
He said he brings versatility to the tight end position, which is something Miles said he's been searching for. Washington measured at 6-foot-4, 211 pounds last week at the Under-Armour combine. He ran a 4.8-second 40-yard dash, and that combination of size and speed is the unique ability he hopes to bring to the LSU offense.
"They kept talking about how I have a high ceiling," Washington said. "I can block, and I'm athletic enough to go out and run a route. I can catch the ball and get 30 yards down the field. I can just be that playmaker to contribute to the team."
Washington also got more time to spend around the LSU campus Saturday and had an opportunity to interact with some of the current players.
"Everybody was just so nice," Washington said. "It's a great environment. I talked with some of the guys, and they were real excited. They told me, ‘Welcome to the family.'"
But just because Washington decided to commit to LSU on Saturday, it doesn't mean that his recruitment is finished.
"A lot of people keep asking if my recruitment is over," Washington said. "It's not. It's still wide open. I'm still going to talk to all the coaches. I'm going to keep this thing going."
Washington still expects to hear from the other programs that have shown him interest, schools like Texas A&M, Alabama, Florida, UCLA and USC. He said he still plans to attend Junior Days at other schools, and is still entertaining any other school that has an extended him an offer.
But as of now, Washington is a LSU commit, and he understands he still has a lot of work until National Signing Day in February 2014.
"I'm just going to keep working hard to get ready for this summer when I'll be going to some camps and combines," Washingston said. "I just have to stay focused."
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