And that was just the beginning.
In fact, last week U-M coach Jim Harbaugh called the junior standout himself to let him know personally that he was a top priority in Michigan’s 2016 class. The two of them talked for 15 minutes, as Harbaugh informed Washington that he intends to continue to build his relationship with the Huntersville (N.C.) Southlake Christian star.
“The conversation went well,” Washington said of his talks with Harbaugh. “He said he rates guys on a one to three scale. One being a guy that is starter – a game changer. Two being a guy that can develop into a starter. And three, a guy who is just a role player. He said I am a one. He said ‘you’re a game changer. You’re a big time player.’
“He’s going to recruit the heck out of me. He’s going to come top North Carolina before I commit. So he said he’s going to talk to me more and more every day.”
Now that Michigan and Harbaugh have mended communication, Washington says the Wolverines have made a good impression.
“I have always had love for Michigan,” Washington said. “It’s a great place. I have been up there four to five times. I was talking to Coach Harbaugh and he said “That’s great. You know the campus. You know what Michigan has to offer.’ He said right now it’s about building a relationship between me and him and Coach Singletary. And then[ his new staff], try to get to know them more.”
“So my thoughts on Michigan -- I am very high on them.”
“I don’t want to give anything away, but Michigan definitely in consideration,” Washington said.
Washington said a visit to Michigan depends on his availability during track & field season. But notes he would like to visit U-M again, along with other notable schools Penn State, Alabama and North Carolina.
As far as a decision timetable, Washington is planning to make his commitment known on April 25.