Washington nearing final decision

Running back Robert Washington of Huntersville (N.C.) SouthLake Christian dishes on his plans to commit somewhere next month and where Notre Dame stands among his list of contenders now that Tony Alford is no longer in the picture for the Irish.

Junior running back Robert Washington of Huntersville (N.C.) SouthLake Christian is nearing a final decision, and Notre Dame has long been in play to land him.

“I want to decide by mid-March or late March,” Washington said. “I haven’t set a date yet, but it will be around next month.”

The four-star prospect has visited Notre Dame four times already. Washington began to establish his relationship with former Irish running backs coach Tony Alford soon after his freshman season.  Despite the recent departure of Alford to Ohio State, Notre Dame remains in the hunt.

“There’s no change at all in my interest in Notre Dame,” Washington said. “I love the educational portion and coaching. Every school has great facilities, but the coaches and the people are what make the school. Notre Dame has a great supporting cast and top-notch running backs.”

The 5-foot-10, 215-pound running back has released two of his final contenders, North Carolina and Syracuse. He plans to release a third this Sunday and will continue to release finalists in a staggered fashion until the time comes to make a final decision.

“I don’t want to be on a roster behind a lot of other running backs,” Washington said. “That doesn’t make a lot of sense. I would prefer not to redshirt, but I will if I need to. I know Notre Dame has Tarean (Folston) and Greg (Bryant), but they’re older. They’re great guys to be around. I definitely feel at home at Notre Dame, which is important to me.”

Other schools expected to compete seriously for Washington’s cut include Maryland, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Tennessee and TCU.

“Location doesn’t matter,” Washington added. “It’s about where I feel most comfortable. That could be California or South Bend. I’ll go wherever.” 

As a junior, Washington helped lead SouthLake Christian to its second consecutive NCISAA Division II Championship. On the season, he rushed for 2,223 yards and 27 touchdowns on 239 carries and caught 12 passes for 337 yards and two touchdowns.

Washington is on track to graduate early and enroll mid-year. He is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 19 running back in the class of 2016.

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