Washington Set for UNC Official Visit

Yet another Miami (Fla.) Northwestern product who is verbally committed to Miami will take a trip to North Carolina. Brandon Washington, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound lineman, will officially visit Chapel Hill this coming weekend.

"Butch Davis is a real good guy [and] he's from Miami," Washington said. "I've talked to most of the assistant coaches and they seem cool. I just want to take a visit up there to see what it's like.

"I have a couple of teammates, Marcus Forston and Sean Spence, they went on a visit there. They came back raving about how they had fun. I want that. I want that fun."

Like Forston and Spence, Washington is technically verbally committed to the hometown Hurricanes, but is exploring his options.

"It's still a commitment," Washington said. "I won't pull a ‘Pat Johnson' on them – that's what I call it. I'm not going to do to them what Pat did.

"I'm actually looking. I'm trying to find out what's best for me. It's not all about football; I want to get my education. My whole career is on the line. I'm going to be there for the next four years and it's going to determine whether I get to the NFL."

When Washington pledged to Randy Shannon in late March, he already told him of his intentions.

"During the spring, when I committed, I had a chat with [Shannon] and told him I wanted to still take all my [official] visits," Washington said. "He was a little upset about it, but he understood."

This weekend's trip to UNC will be Washington's first official visit. He'll follow that up with an official trip to LSU on January 18th. Washington will conclude his recruitment by officially visiting Miami the weekend before Signing Day. He is considering Clemson and Georgia for the open weekend of January 25th.

UNC recently became a player in Washington's recruitment when they offered him a scholarship at the end of his senior season.

"I was being recruited by [UNC in the spring], but it wasn't highly until I sent them my practice and my game highlights," Washington said.

Assistant coach John Blake is recruiting Washington for UNC. The two talk several times a week with Washington initialing some of phone conversations.

"[He talks] about how great Carolina is, how good a coach Butch Davis is, how things would look if I was there, how things would be if I was there," Washington said. "He basically tells me what I want to hear."

Blake has also discussed UNC's plans for Washington, if he were to become a Tar Heel.

"I laughed and said ‘Hey Coach, I'd love to be the first lineman to go both ways.' I haven't played defense since my junior year. I like hitting, I like the contact."

While he is mostly being recruited as an offensive guard, Blake said he might want to keep Washington with him on the defensive linemen.

"I think they're looking for a defensive tackle," Washington said. "But they've seen my footwork and how I move with my size – 300-plus-pounder, I think that will get me on the field for whatever position they need."

Washington played tackle for Northwestern the past three seasons, where he has earned All-State honors following both his junior and senior campaigns. He also was a late addition to the Under Armour All-American Game playing tackle for the victorious Team Click Clack.

Northwestern has ended the past two seasons with 15-0 records and consecutive Florida 6A State Titles. Most national media outlets crowned the Bulls the 2007 National Champions.

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