For Evan Washington, the recruiting process was beginning to take a toll.
“I did not really want to put up with everything anymore, so I narrowed it down to the few schools I was really considering,” he said. “I looked at LSU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, and I figured I would take it from there.”
After a few additional weeks of evaluations, the four-star prospect was ready to make the call.
“I felt like LSU, with the combination of location down to the coaching staff, was the best fit for me,” he said. “I kept going over things in my head, and I realized that I needed to go ahead and make the call.”
The call, Washington said, came during a car ride with his father.
“We were out on the road [Tuesday] morning, and we were talking everything over,” he said. “I just cut my dad off and told him that I was ready to go ahead and commit to LSU. There was nothing else to debate, so I let coach Miles know the deal.”
The phone call, Washington said, was welcomed with open arms.
“Coach Miles told me he was really happy to hear from me, and when I told him he was hearing from me because I wanted to commit, he went crazy,” he laughed. “I think he was jumping up and down and all that. It must be a good day for him, too.”
Being recruited to the Tigers by assistant coach D.J. McCarthy, Washington said that the relationship he forged with the staff sealed the deal.
“I came into town with my parents a couple of weeks back, and the meeting we had with the staff pushed me over the top,” he said. “It was a situation where they told me I was the top tackle on their board, and that was all we needed to hear.
“My parents felt comfortable with me being a part of the program, and that was because of the attention that the staff gave to us that weekend,” he added. “After that trip, I simply liked LSU more than any other program I was looking at.”
With offers in from Alabama, Auburn, Miami, Oklahoma and others, is the ride officially over for the nation’s No. 25 ranked offensive tackle prospect?
“This is it, I am with LSU and I am done,” he said. “The coaches accepted the commitment and I am a Tiger for good. Today is definitely a good day.”