In-State Sleeper Likes the Pack

Pack Pride talks with High Point (NC) Andrews athlete Tony Washington about his recent unofficial visit to NC State.

By this point in the season most schools in North Carolina have done a pretty good job of evaluating the state's top talent. Sometimes, however, a prospect flies in under the radar even late in the recruiting process.

Such is apparently the case with High Point (N.C.) T.W. Andrews athlete Tony Washington. A relative unknown not long ago, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect has been making noise early in his senior season.

Through four games Washington has scored seven offensive touchdowns. He lines up at several positions -- running back, wide receiver, cornerback and free safety -- so college coaches love his versatility.

Lately he has been hearing from NC State, North Carolina, North Carolina A&T, Winston-Salem State and Western Carolina. While he's still waiting for his first offer, Washington believes it could be on the way before too long. He recently took a trip to Raleigh for the Pack's huge win over rival against East Carolina. So what did he think of NC State?

"It was just an unofficial visit," Washington said. "It was really good. I enjoyed my time there a lot. We just toured around the weight room, ate brunch and talked to the coaches a little bit. Then we went down on the field for a while and watched the game.

"They had a real good atmosphere. People are really into their football. I've talked to Coach Reed and he's just telling me to stick in there and that they'll keep in touch."

Washington said he plans on taking a trip to North Carolina in the near future. He isn't sure if the Pack or Heels will offer, but he is very confident at least three others will.

"I think Winston-Salem State and Western Carolina probably will offer," he said. "And I'm pretty sure A&T will to. I don't really have any favorites right now."

Washington said he projects as either a wide receiver or a cornerback at the college level.

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