James Washington emerged for Orlando (FL) Boone High School when it counted most. During his junior season, he exploded in the state playoffs to lead his team to the Florida Class 6A state title game.
The 6-foot, 175-pounder rushed for 769 yards in his team's first nine games, but the light came on in the regular season finale when he gained 156 yards in the win. In five playoff games, he totaled 764 more yards to finish the year with 1,760 yards and 16 touchdowns.
"I had a good season," said Washington. "I put up a lot more yards in the playoffs, and we made it to the title game. We lost, but I think we're going to make it all the way back to the championship this year. This this time I think we are going to win it. We return six starters on offense and six starters on defense. We'll be good."
The talented tailback has seen his recruitment take off in recent weeks as a few programs have extended scholarship offers.
"So far I've got NC State, Cincinnati, Memphis, and Rutgers looking at me hard," Washington stated. "Cincinnati, Memphis, and North Carolina State have offered. I'm going to NC State on the 26th for an unofficial visit, and I go to South Florida on June 21st. South Florida said when I come to their camp they may decide to offer after seeing me work out."
NC State's interest in Washington picked up due to the power of the Internet. He has been exchanging emails with Wolfpack running backs coach Jason Swepson, and Swepson is recruiting him for NC State.
"It all started with NC State when I sent them a highlight tape by email," said Washington. "After I did that, coach Swepson contacted me back and I called and we started talking soon after that.
"He said he liked the film I emailed to them and they were real interested. We've been talking for a couple of weeks now and he wants me to come up there and see the campus on the 26th."
The Wolfpack are the early leaders for Washington.
"I would say NC State is my favorite," he stated. "They are the ones that really offered me first, and I like how they are recruiting me. Here in Orlando you see a lot of their games, and I'm used to seeing them on TV. I like seeing them play on TV."
Although he doesn't have a firm timetable established, it appears that a decision could be coming in the next few months. According to Washington, if his NC State unofficial goes well, he could be looking to end his recruitment by committing to the Wolfpack.
"I don't really have a timetable, but I do want to do it before my season starts," he stated. "I could commit to NC State once I get down there later on this month and see everything I need to see. I'm going to be looking at the atmosphere, the campus and how everything is laid out. I want to see what the experience would be like to go to school there."
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