Washington Developing Favorites

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. --- Robert Washington had planned to announce a top 15 schools list in August. That development was postponed but remains in the works for the four-star 2016 running back.

“I’m in the process of doing that now,” Washington said. “I got caught up in the season. We had Victory Christian, Providence Day, and Charlotte Latin. So I’ve been focusing on my team and trying to get some wins in.

“I’ll definitely get back to recruiting probably during our bye week, which is Oct. 4-11. I’ll definitely get back on recruiting somewhere in there.”

Washington, a 5-foot-9, 209-pounder from SouthLake Christian Academy, has an idea of some of the schools that will make the cut, but wants to keep his list as much of a surprise as possible. He did mention that three of the 34 schools to have offered him – North Carolina, Ohio State, and Syracuse – are likely to make the cut.

“UNC has a really good chance,” Washington said. “I know those guys up there. I’ve been talking to [Elijah] Hood. Those are some good guys and they’ve been telling me some good things about UNC.

“I love their offense. They run the zone, which I like. I think that fits the type of ‘back I am. I talk to Coach [Larry] Fedora – he’s a great guy. Coach [Larry] Porter, he’s a great guy. I’ve been talking to Coach [Gunter] Brewer for some years now. Coach Fedora thinks I can really fit their system. I talk to those guys a lot and it just feels like a family down there.”

Additionally, Washington has visited UNC more than any other school. Thus, it would be a huge surprise if the Tar Heels were excluded from his list.

Speaking of visits, another item that has suffered with Washington’s focus on his football season is recruiting trips. He hasn’t taken any since the summer. Furthermore, with film sessions on Saturdays, he misses most college football games.

“I heard Hood is doing pretty well and T.J. [Logan], too,” Washington said. “As long as they keep getting the ball to their playmakers, North Carolina is going to do something special.”

With a difficult five-game stretch behind him – plus four victories – Washington will begin attending college games in the coming weeks. His likely first stop is Chapel Hill when UNC hosts Virginia Tech on Oct. 4.

“I’m definitely getting up to Carolina,” Washington said. “I’m going to get up there for a game just to see them play. I want to see Hood play, I want to see T.J. [Logan] play, and of course [Ryan] Switzer – I want to see the boy do his thing.”

During the summer, Washington camped at UNC and visited NC State, Tennessee, and Wake Forest.

Although recruiting has been put on hold the past month-plus, Washington has remained in constant contact with college coaches to make sure they’re aware that he’s still interested.

“I talked to Coach Brewer about a week ago. He just tells me to have a good season and to give him a call every week. The biggest part is the relationship – he wants to make sure we keep that going.”

Washington also speaks a lot with coaches from Ohio State, Syracuse, and Tennessee.

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