Washington, 5-foot-9, 209-pound running back from Huntersville (N.C.) SouthLake Christian Academy, originally eyed a March decision. He says there’s no real significance to April 25 – other than it cooperates best for his family’s schedule.
“It’s just a good day for me and my family,” Washington said. “It works around my sister’s track schedule and everything she has to do this spring.”
Washington referenced rumors because he’s been the subject of a couple lately. One of the most potent ones was that North Carolina, a school that has locked in a slot among his six finalists, had slowed its pursuit of him.
From his perspective, Washington doesn’t believe that’s the case. As evidence, he points to Larry Fedora’s visit to SouthLake Christian Academy in January, as well as his near daily contact with primary recruiter Gunter Brewer.
“[Brewer] always [Twitter direct messages] me every day before school,” Washington said. “’How are you doing big guy?’ ‘Good morning big guy.’ And then I DM him back and then we talk before school.
“When they heard I was going to make my commitment, they invited me down there [to UNC] multiple times before I make my commitment. They invited me to the March 7 junior day and another time after that.”
The invitation to UNC’s Junior Day on March 7 – the junior day held in conjunction with the basketball game against Duke – might hold the most weight in evaluating UNC’s interest level.
“Coach Brewer was telling me it’s the big guys of the big guys, it’s the elite of the elite,” Washington said. “They only invite their top guys, because he said they only get a limited amount of tickets [to the basketball game] and it’s a hot ticket.”
Syracuse and TCU have also secured spots within Washington’s final six schools list. He’s still in the process of determining the remaining half of that list. Schools like Alabama, Arizona State, Boston College, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, Virginia, and Virginia Tech are under consideration.