Florida DE Washington Talks Rutgers Offer

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood wants to continue recruiting Florida like his predecessor, and Monday the Scarlet Knights extended an offer to Jones High (Orlando) defensive end Devin Washington.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood hired assistant coaches with ties to Florida, and he said the Scarlet Knights would remain active in the Sunshine State.

On Monday, the Scarlet Knights made a move on defensive end Devin Washington, offering the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder from Orlando's Jones High. The offer came courtesy of new defensive line coach Jim Panagos, who recruited Washington at UCF.

"Once he went up to Rutgers, he said the first tape he showed them was mine," Washington said. "I talked to him about a week ago and they offered today, so it moved pretty fast."

All Washington knows about the Scarlet Knights came from teammate Duaron Williams, an offensive lineman who camped at Rutgers in June and held an offer.

"He said the facilities are amazing, it was a beautiful campus," Washington said. "That's pretty much what I know for now, but I definitely will start reading more about it now that I have this offer and go up and visit.

"I want to come up and visit New York City, and that is close to Rutgers. I'm definitely going up there to visit, check it out and get to know the coaching staff and check out the campus and everything around it. I'll definitely be up there this summer."

Washington holds offers from Cincinnati, Duke, Florida International, Illinois, Kansas, Louisville, Mississippi, South Carolian, UCF and Vanderbilt, but don't expect his decision to come down to a football program.

Washington has lofty academic goals, led on by his combination of wanting to own a business and also work in the health care industry.

"(Jones High) is a medical magnet school, so I get to work with a lot of medical stuff," he said. "I always wanted to own my own business and I decided to combine them together. I figure I can run a hospital, maybe be the CEO of a hospital, and I figure I can get the best of both worlds.

"I'm not going to a school just to play football. They have to be well-known for academics. All the schools I have offers from are very good schools in academics, and in football."

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