Will the Gophers Offer?

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) athlete Tyan Washington has been hearing from a number of BCS schools but none have stepped up to offer as of yet. That could all change soon as Washington feels that two teams are close to offering him soon. GoldenSports.net was able to speak with Washington and get the latest on his recruitment.

"I've been talking to San Diego State, Minnesota, Notre Dame, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Boise State and ASU." Washington said. "I think Minnesota is close to offering and also ASU is close to offering as well."

Washington says he's built a solid relationship with Gophers defensive backs coach Jay Sawvel and has a good feeling that the Gophers may be on the verge of offering him tomorrow when coach Sawvel visits him.

"I've been talking to coach Sawvel the defensive backs coach pretty consistently this spring, he's been updating me on what's going on in spring football and seeing how things are going for me stuff like that," Washington said. "Coach Sawvel is coming to my school tomorrow to meet me and I think it might be to offer but I'm not 100-percent on that."

Despite rushing for over 1,400 yards last season and 12 touchdowns some teams are looking at him as an athlete, while others like the Gophers, see him as a cornerback—where he will be playing this fall.

"Some teams are recruiting me as an athlete and others are waiting to see how my corner skills are because this season I'll be playing both ways," Washington said. "Minnesota is recruiting me as a corner."

Washington says he's looking for a school with good academics and a football program that has a family like atmosphere.

"I'm basically looking for school with good academics and as far as football just a family atmosphere and what fits me as a player," Washington said.

One of his best self-described assets happens to be his leadership role off of the field and setting a good example for the younger players to look up to and follow. Washington also feels that in the offseason he will need to work on his speed, strength and football IQ to help his team win next season.

"I think some of my assets just not even on the field but off the field is just being a good person and setting a good example for the young people the rookies on our team and just showing the work ethic that's needed to win," Washington said. "I will be working on my speed and my strength for sure, and then my IQ and playing smart on every play."

Washington also has a strong connection to the Gophers' program because he's cousin with current Gopher sophomore Cedric Thompson.

"My cousin Cedric Thompson and I have always been talking about playing for the same team in college since we were little, just me, him and his brother Tedric," Washington said. "Just knowing that he goes there and they're looking at me makes me want to go there even more."

Should the Gophers offer him a scholarship tomorrow Washington says there's a strong possibility he would commit after talking it over with his family.

"I would have to talk with my family first but it would be about an 80% chance that I would commit if they were to offer me tomorrow," Washington said.

Washington's teammate Jermel Walker is also being recruited by the Gophers and already holds an offer from Minnesota and the two could be a package deal.

"We've been talking about going to the same school and we've been trying to get a recruiter to let teams know we're kind of a package deal," Washington said. "That's what one of our recruiters did to Minnesota so that's why they're looking at us and we're trying to get to the same school."

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