WASHINGTON, D.C. – St. John's receiver Scottie Washington finally got off the snide. While a few of his teammates were adding offers right and left, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Washington sat scholarship-less for the winter and the start of the evaluation period. But just recently he picked up his first verbal from Connecticut, which he called a major relief, and a second from Big Ten power Nebraska, while Toledo just came in as well.
"Getting that first offer was really exciting," Washington said. "After that more schools started to show interest in me, and that's been pretty cool. I got the Nebraska offer, and that was like out of the blue. That's a great, great program right there and it was awesome. Toledo, that's a program I'll have to learn more about. So hopefully now I can get some more offers now that the ball's rolling."
While Washington is eager to see his offer list increase, he was pleased with the initial Huskies' scholarship. He visited Storrs, Conn., April 5 and left quite impressed with the campus and the program.
"It was nice up there and I liked the campus a lot," Washington said. "Their coaches really seem like they want me to go there. I talked to Coach [Anthony] Poindexter on the phone and he loves me, and they hit me up on Facebook all the time, telling me they want me there. It's a school I'll be considering."
Nebraska, another school he would like to see this summer, has his attention as well.
"There's a lot of tradition there, and obviously it's a major program," Washington said. "That's a school I'd like to see and learn more about. I was really excited when they offered."
Ideally, there will be more. Washington said another school could be on the verge of pulling through as well.
"Wake Forest," he said. "My coach told me they were like 90 percent certain they were going to offer me. Wake is a very good school in general, very good academically."
The hometown school, Maryland, hasn't had too much contact with Washington recently. He said area recruiter Mike Locksley did stop by St. John's during the evaluation period, but the wideout was sick that day and didn't see him.
"The last time I had contact with them was the junior day awhile ago. I think they want to see me in camp," Washington said. "But if Maryland were to get involved, that would be one of my top choices. I really like Maryland. It's close to home, they're going to the Big Ten and I'm comfortable there. I went to a spring game last year, a junior day this year and of course we played two playoff games there. I love it up there."
One factor that might work against UMD, however, is the Terps would likely convert Washington to tight end. Washington said previously that Maryland wanted him to bulk up and move inside when he arrived on campus. But now Washington has received enough pure receiver attention that he's not so sure he wants to add the weight needed for tight end.
"I'm pretty set on receiver now. I was thinking about tight end, but I think receiver is best for me personally," Washington said. "I like playing receiver."
Even so, Washington does plan to return to College Park this offseason.
He has already taken a couple visits recently, including Penn State and Temple.
"I was at Temple for the spring game and I really liked it," Washington said. "I like how the campus is in the middle of the city, and it seems like they're rebuilding the program."
PSU is a school that has caught his eye. Washington said if there were one school to offer him that he'd commit to immediately, it would be PSU.
"I don't have a favorites list yet or anything, but Penn State would be one I'd definitely like to hear more from, and I would love to go there," Washington said. "I was up there for a spring practice and it was just awesome. The tradition, the atmosphere there, and Coach [James] Franklin just brings a lot of energy. It's a great school."
Washington will camp at PSU this summer in hopes of landing that coveted offer. He'll also hit up UMD, Georgia Tech, Temple, UNC, NC State, Duke, Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan. Of those, Georgia Tech, Temple, Duke and N.C. State have shown the most interest.
He does not plan to pick a school until after his senior season.
"I want to see what I can get after my senior film gets out there," Washington said. "I'm going to take my time."
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