Visit Impresses Washington

As he edges closer to his goal of making his collegiate decision before the New Year, Keith Washington officially visited North Carolina this past weekend.

“It went great,” Washington said. “I got to meet a lot of the guys off the team and they showed me around, showed me what campus life was like, and I just had a good time. They took us on a campus tour and fed us really well throughout the visit. I got to see how the DBs watch film.”

The only other school Washington, a 6-foot-1, 161-pound athlete from Prattville (Ala.) who is being recruited as a cornerback, has officially visited was California.

“I like Cal and I like North Carolina, obviously because I’ve officially visited them,” Washington said. “But I’m still kind of open to all schools right now. I’m just kind of trying to play it out.”

Washington hopes to schedule an official visit to Missouri for this coming weekend and then be ready to make a verbal commitment by the end of this month.

“I’m not trying to go into January with [my decision], but time will tell,” Washington said.

This past weekend’s official visit changed Washington’s feelings towards UNC a lot, he said.

“When I first came up here on my unofficial [visit] this past summer, I really didn’t get a chance to see around campus and meet some of the players on the team,” Washington said. “So now that I’ve got a chance to do that, I kind of got to see and feel for what it’s like to be a Tar Heel.”

Red-shirt freshman safety Donnie Miles, his host, was most responsible for showing Washington the life of a Tar Heel.

“He’s a real cool guy,” Washington said. “He said he’s from down south like me – he’s from Miami and he lived in Atlanta. So we have a lot in common.”

When he wasn’t with Miles, Washington was usually with Dan Disch, UNC’s cornerbacks coach.

“He just talked about what it’s like to play for North Carolina, what I’ve got to do to get on the field, the academic part of it, and things like that,” Washington said.

Before catching a flight home, Washington met individually with Larry Fedora Sunday morning.

“He’s just a real upbeat guy,” Washington said. “He asked me how everything went [during the official visit], how my season went. He told me that they need me there at North Carolina. He’s just a real players’ coach, to me. [He’s a] down-to-earth guy.”

Washington’s season ended on Wednesday. Prattville, for which he stars at quarterback, fell in the AHSAA 7A State Championship to national football power Hoover (Ala.).

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