Big Day for Washington

A few days after officially visiting North Carolina, Damien Washington faxed his Letter-of-Intent to the school.

"I'm really, really excited and ready to get up there and put some work in so I can get on the field," said Washington, a 6-0, 166-pound athlete. "It's a big day for me. It gives me closure."

After helping Kannapolis (N.C.) Brown's basketball program defeat Concord (N.C.) Cox Mill last Friday night, Washington and his family headed to Chapel Hill for his official visit.

"It was great," Washington said. "I hung out with my host, Travis Riley, and Sean Tapley – they're roommates. I got to go to the dorms to see what they look like. I saw the new athletic building, [the Blue Zone]. And I walked on the field and everything."

The visit concluded with the customary meeting with Larry Fedora.

"It wasn't a really long conversation," Washington said. "The majority of the conversation was doing the work. He wants me to work in the classroom and work on the field so we can accomplish things."

When he was with the coaching staff throughout the visit, the coach Washington spent the most time with was Gunter Brewer, UNC's wide receivers coach.

Washington says UNC's position plan for him hasn't changed.

"Basically, they got me playing receiver – the slot position," Washington said. "But the defensive coordinator said he wouldn't mind having me on the defensive side of the ball – he said he wouldn't mind passing me up. But they haven't necessarily said I'm going to be playing defense – as far as I know, I'm playing offense."

Washington, who has primarily played offense for Brown, isn't opposed to playing defense.

"I'll do whatever it takes for me to get on the field," Washington said. "As long as I get to play and help the team out – that's all I want to do. If that means playing defense, that's what I'll do."

Washington admits that he considered taking an official visit to Duke during the latter part of January.

"They came in way late," Washington said. "Right when I got back from Shrine Bowl, that's when they started contacting me.

"I just felt like it would be harder for me to switch to a Duke fan when I've always been a Carolina fan. I already knew that Coach Brewer and Coach Fedora were going to help me. And Duke isn't going to win an ACC championship any time soon. I know at Carolina, Coach Fedora is going to do big things."

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