JuCo CB Washington Talks Rutgers Offer

Harnell College (Salinas, Calif.) cornerback Carroll Washington added his seventh scholarship offer this week in the form of Rutgers. The closest of his offers to his hometown of Baltimore, Washington discussed his knowledge and interest level in Rutgers moving into the summer.

Growing up in Baltimore and attending Edmondson-Westside High, cornerback Carroll Washington knows one thing about Rutgers above all else — Ray Rice.

Now a star player for the Baltimore Ravens, Rice was a Heisman Trophy candidate at Rutgers during his junior season in 2007, the last time Washington visited Piscataway.

"They were recruiting me in high school," Washington said of Rutgers. "I was playing cornerback and wide receiver and they weren't really sure about what position I was going to play there back in high school. I guess now, they ‘re recruiting me again. It's definitely cornerback."

Washington visited in 2007, where he saw Rice run for 97 yards and a touchdown in a losing effort.

Since his visit, Washington moved to Harnell College in Salinas, Calif. to reshape his game at the junior college level. Now a top JuCo cornerback, Washington received an offer from Rutgers offensive coordinator Dave Brock.

"He came out here to visit," Washington said. "He came to the school and checked me out and then wanted me to call him after he left. I called him late that night and he had an offer for me.

"Coach Brock is a cool guy. The first time we were on the phone, we talked for a few minutes and we just talked basically about the program and how I would fit and possibly trying to get me up there for a visit."

With other offers from Arkansas, Mississippi State, BYU, San Diego State, Kansas and Texas Tech, Rutgers is by far the closest school to home, just over a two-hour drive from Baltimore.

He plans to take advantage of that distance once his academic semester in California ends with a tentative visit schedule for June 2.

"My father and I talked about it a little bit and we're thinking of going up and seeing everything on that Saturday," he said. "... I want to see more of the school and meet more of the coaches and everything."

Washington was not heavily recruited out of high school, but is now one of the top cornerback prospects in the junior college ranks. He describes himself as excellent in man coverage and extremely competitive.

"I make plays," Washington said. "I see the ball in the air and I want to come down with it every time. I don't want to give up any plays against me. I don't want to give up touchdowns. I only gave up one last year and I shouldn't have even given up that touchdown. I like to play man [coverage]. I like to press and bump and get physical so he can't get away from me."

Washington has no leaders and no time-table for a decision, he said.

"I want to take visits in the summer," he said. "I'm going to leave [school] in about two weeks and head home. Mostly, I'm going to be taking visits in the summer."

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