Washington Excited About Spread

SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- North Carolina verbal commitment Damien Washington received his first chance to speak to Larry Fedora, the Tar Heels' newly hired head coach, over the weekend.

"He didn't say a whole lot," Washington said. "He was just talking about what Southern Miss runs, how he was going to throw the ball a lot, and spread it out. He told me to recruit [at the Shrine Bowl] and tell people not to go out of state – just go to Carolina."

Projected as a wide receiver in college, Fedora's pitch was music to Washington's ears.

"That means we're going to sling the ball around and everybody is going to touch it," Washington said. "[The defense] can't be keying on one person, because everybody is in the mix."

Washington, who has primarily played running back and quarterback for Kannapolis (N.C.) Brown, is receiving a major taste of playing wide receiver this week while practicing for the Shrine Bowl.

"It's a good thing getting the coaching," Washington said. "I'm learning a lot. I played a little bit of receiver when I went to [UNC's] camp, but playing running back throughout the football season kind of threw me off. I played some receiver, but running routes every day until I get it right will help me out."

Additionally, the North Carolina Shrine Bowl coaching staff will take advantage of Washington's open-field running ability by including plays specifically designed for him in their game plan.

"I'm going to be doing jet sweeps, I'll be in the backfield, I'll be running the option – stuff like that," Washington said. "It's a good thing to be used in many different ways to help out the team. Hopefully, we'll beat South Carolina."

Although he never wavered on his commitment to UNC, Washington feels more comfortable about the situation at UNC now that he has spoken to Fedora.

"I think he's going to do what he said he's going to do and hopefully lead UNC to big games and better seasons," Washington said.

As Fedora requested, Washington has been recruiting for UNC while in Spartanburg. His top target: Todd Gurley.

"I've been talking to him and just telling him that Carolina needs him," Washington said.

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