Shrine Bowl: Quinton Washington Spotlight

ROEBUCK, S.C. --- Since early in the recruiting process, North Carolina offensive line coach Sam Pittman has tried to persuade Quinton Washington to visit UNC. The 6-foot-3, 315-pound offensive lineman finally visited UNC for the NC State game in late November.

"I just wanted to see the surroundings; I wanted to know what it was like," Washington said. "I've never been there. I just wanted to see what it was like."

Washington says the tardiness of his UNC visit has nothing to do with a lack of interest in the school.

"I just didn't have time [to visit UNC]," Washington said. "The season was going on and that was my focus."

With Washington's help, St. Stephen's (S.C.) Timberland went undefeated until losing to Dillon (S.C.) in the state championship game.

According to Washington, he and Pittman have a "great" relationship and communicate weekly.

"He talks about the program – how good the program is, how everything is going with me and my family, and just seeing how everything is," Washington said.

Washington, who officially visited Michigan in late September, says he plans to schedule official trips to South Carolina and Tennessee.

While he isn't sure which two schools will receive his last two official visits, Washington says UNC is definitely under consideration.

"[UNC] has a good team, it's a good school, and all the coaches and all the players are cool," Washington said.

Washington says he doesn't have a leader and isn't sure when he'll make a verbal commitment – although he readily admits he could wait until Signing Day to announce his collegiate destination.

Washington is in Spartanburg this week preparing to represent South Carolina in the 72nd Annual Shrine Bowl.

"Everything is going well," Washington said. "The practices are good, I'm meeting new people, and having fun."

Coming out of Monday's practices, Washington is penciled in as the starting right guard on South Carolina's offensive line.

After the holidays, Washington will participate in the Under Armour All-American Game on January 4.

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