Washington Meets Littrell

During his most recent visit to North Carolina, heralded 2016 running back Robert Washington spent an hour speaking with UNC's new associate head coach for offense Seth Littrell.

"He talked to me about some of my film," Washington said. "I was talking to him about the offense that he runs and how the running backs are really busy. He just really talked about what he plans to do with the running backs and what he plans on doing with the offense.

"He told me that he'll change the offense to utilize the best players on the team. He told me if the running back is the best runner, he'll change the offense to fit what type of runner he is. If he's a gap scheme runner, he does that. If he's a zone scheme runner, he does that. If he's a little scat back, he does that."

The meeting, which took place during UNC's first junior day of the year, was a great introduction to Littrell for Washington, 5-foot-9, 189-pounder from Huntersville (N.C.) SouthLake Christian Academy.

"He really made a good impression on me," Washington said. "He has a great personality. He's funny. He's down-to-earth. He tells you how it is. He tells me ‘This is how it is. This is how I'm going to do it.' And he was just telling me that he's going to change the culture around UNC for running backs."

With the recent additions of Virginia and Wake Forest, Washington's scholarship count has reached 16.

"I don't have any top tens [and] I don't have any favorite schools," Washington said. "I'm just looking at all schools to see which schools fit me. Eventually I'll come out with my top ten and then top five, and then I'll get down to committing. "

Washington anticipates announcing his first favorite schools list during the summer heading into his senior season – over a year away. Aiding him in that endeavor are campus visits. Last fall, he visited Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan, UNC, and Notre Dame. Besides UNC's junior day, he has visited NC State and Wake Forest recently.

"I'm just really trying to get a look at these schools and see how they fit me and fit what type of ‘back I am," Washington said. "Can I see myself going there? Do they have great academics?"

UNC already has received a verbal commitment from a '16 running back – Antonio Williams. Washington says Williams's commitment doesn't affect how he looks at UNC.

"Antonio and I, we're really good friends," Washington said. "We talk, we might hang out, [and] we work out together. If we both end up at UNC, we're just going to complement each other. You always want to have a couple good running backs, because you don't want to pound your one ‘back because you'll kill the ‘back. So if you have two of them, you can switch them out."

When they're together, Williams recruits Washington for UNC.

"He's telling me it's a great place," Washington said. "But really, we just hang out, work out, and have a good time."

Besides the hour-long meeting with Littrell, Washington was also treated to his first live UNC basketball game – an 84-70 victory over NC State – during his visit.

"It was crazy," Washington said. "It was great. I got to hang out with the other prospects and talk about the basketball game. I got to experience the UNC fans and how they support the basketball program. UNC destroyed NC State – it was easily a blowout. I got to see [James Michael] McAdoo play."

Washington's late arrival combined with the amount of time he spent with Littrell prevented Washington from spending significant time with Larry Fedora during the visit.

"I just talked to him at halftime and before the game he came up to me and said ‘Hello,'" Washington said. "He thanked me for coming out."

Last fall, Washington helped SouthLake Christian claim its first NCISAA Division III Championship. He led all sophomore running backs nationwide with 2,512 yards and 28 touchdowns on 219 carries. He also amassed 267 yards in receptions.

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