2016 RB gets positive feedback from the Irish

2016 running back Robert Washington, who is a Mississippi State commit and already holds offers from schools like Arizona, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ole Miss and UCLA, talks about his three-day camp experience at Notre Dame and what he learned from Tony Alford.

Only a rising sophomore, but running back Robert Washington of Huntersville (N.C.) SouthLake Christian has already committed to a school. The 5-foot-10, 192-pound running back is a Mississippi State pledge, but he's still not finished with the recruiting process.

"I like coming out to camps like Notre Dame and Michigan and seeing what other schools have to offer," Wshington said. "I learn a lot and I get to compare schools and figure out what I really want in a school."

Washington has offers from the likes of Arizona State, Ole Miss, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Syracuse and UCLA. He said a close relationship with the schools' running back will go a long way in where he attends school.

"I spent a lot of my time with [Notre Dame running backs] Coach (Tony) Alford," Washington said. "He's a great coach and so down-to-earth. We talked about everything, but mostly things that weren't football related. He's the type of coach that tells you what you need to hear and not what you want to hear. He helped me understand how coaches approach the recruiting process."

"Coach Alford said that really liked my game," Washington added. "He thought that I did really well against their top guys on defense and he enjoyed coaching me the past couple of days. He told me to keep in touch, and I'm probably going to give him a call this week or next."

As far as receiving an offer from the Irish, Washington hopes that's something that will come in the future.

"Obviously, Notre Dame doesn't offer a bunch of really young guys," Washington said. "They don't just see one year of your transcript and think it's okay, because you could mess up big-time the next semester. They want to see more of my grades and of more of my play on the field."

"I would really like an offer from Notre Dame," Washington said. "I am friends with [Notre Dame 2014 running back commit Elijah Hood] and he tells me about Notre Dame. The facilities are really nice, and it's a great atmosphere. A lot of schools have either football or academics, like Alabama has football, but Notre Dame has both. They were just in the national championship and they have a great academic reputation."

Washington said though he has camped at Michigan, Notre Dame, and in-state schools North Carolina and North Carolina State already this summer, his main focus will soon shift from recruiting to his upcoming season with SouthLake Christian.

"I'm really excited for the season to start," Washington said. "We have a lot of young talent on our team and I'm aiming to run for 2,000 yards. Mostly, I just want to win the state championship."

As a freshman, Washington finished with 89 carries for 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also had close to 150 yards receiving.

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