Mom Knows Best?
Not that he hasn’t kept his options open.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Washington has continued to listen to overtures from prospective schools, including Ole Miss. He visited the Rebels for their elite camp in June.
“A lot more people are coming in and recruiting me,” he said prior to camp, held June 6. “I’m trying to keep my process open, but I’m committed to State. I’m still taking visits to other schools.”
He’s made a number of visits this summer. Along with Ole Miss and Mississippi State, Alabama and Auburn each got a look from Washington, who stars for Yazoo City (Miss.) High School.
“With me going to camp, I’m trying to improve on some skills, but I’m trying to see how the coaches coach me,” he said. “How they coach me in camp is how they’re going to coach me when I come play for them.”
Really, he’s maintained the most interest in in-state rivals Mississippi State and Ole Miss. The Rebels are recruiting him as “a hybrid outside linebacker and defensive end.”
“They got a big chance of getting me,” he said of Ole Miss. “They’re going to be one of my top choices. The coaching staff, they’re very welcoming. They have a nice coaching staff. I came to the spring and I saw how they encourage the players after they make a good play. They keep the tempo up as far as on the field.”
Mississippi State, however, is in the driver’s seat, where the Bulldogs have been since November.
“They have a good coaching staff there,” he said. “Their fan base and the way the school is set up, the love the athletes. They have a more fast-paced coaching staff. When their players make plays, the whole defense and the coaches get together. They cheer their players on.”
Washington, who in 2012 recorded 54 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and two blocked field goals, said he’ll likely wait until National Signing Day to make a final decision. He’s rated the No. 24 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com.
“How they treat my family, how they’re going to treat me as a player,” he said, when asked of what he’s looking for in a school. “At the end of the day, it’s going to be me and mom making my decision.
“I judge by how my mama feels – when she comes, how they treat her. She’s been to (both schools) a lot of times. She just knows the Ole Miss staff a little better.”
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