Washington Sets Decision Time Frame

While most are focused on the final weeks of the 2015 cycle, it won’t be long before 2016 prospects take center stage and begin making verbal commitments. In fact, one of NC’s top ’16 recruits has accelerated his timeline – four-star running back Robert Washington.

“I plan to announce my commitment sometime in March,” Washington said. “I think I’m going to do it towards the middle of March.”

Washington, a 5-foot-9, 209-pounder from Huntersville (N.C.) SouthLake Christian, decided to speed up his recruitment to better accommodate a midterm enrollment.

Washington says he’s not yet learning towards one school, but has narrowed his pile of approximately 40 scholarship offers to six. However, besides North Carolina, he doesn’t plan to reveal the identity of the rest of the finalists other than to say that he has visited each of their campuses.

“What they have in common is they have great educational standards,” Washington said. “I like all the coaches in my six – I have great relationships with them and I can see them develop me into hopefully an NFL prospect in the next three or four years. And I feel at home at all of them.”

As for UNC, Washington credits his relationship with its coaches, as well as his comfort on campus.

“I like Coach [Gunter] Brewer, I like Coach [Larry] Porter, I like Coach [Larry] Fedora – I have a great relationship with all of them,” Washington said. “Coach Brewer has been recruiting me since the ninth grade.

“I feel at home there. Last time I was there was for the Virginia Tech game and I got along with a lot of the players, like Elijah Hood, T.J. Logan. I got a chance to build a relationship with a lot of the running backs.”

After the Dead Period in February – the one that surrounds Signing Day – Washington plans to return to UNC. It will be, by his estimation, his eighth or ninth visit to the school.

“I’m going to Carolina to talk to Coach Fedora and Coach Porter,” Washington said. “They’re going to tell me how I fit into the offense. I want to see how they would use me – that’s the biggest thing. But I want to spend time with Coach Porter again. Since they are one of my top schools, I want to get a better feel for the coaching staff.”

Additionally, Washington has a trip scheduled to East Carolina within the next couple of weeks. He’s also considering trips to Ohio State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and West Virginia between now and his decision date.

During the football season, Washington attended games at UNC (vs. Virginia Tech), Ohio State (vs. Michigan), Syracuse (vs. Florida State), Virginia Tech (vs. Virginia), and Wake Forest (vs. Syracuse).

Last November, Washington helped SouthLake to its second consecutive NCISAA 11-Man, Division II Championship. On the season, he rushed for 2,223 yards and 27 touchdowns on 239 carries (9.3-yard average) and caught a dozen passes for 337 yards and two scores.

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