Washington Talks USC Visit

Richland Northeast (Columbia, SC) star linebacker Chaz Washington is one of the top defensive prospects in the Palmetto State this year, and he was on hand for South Carolina's junior day this past Saturday. How did his visit to USC go, and where do the Gamecocks stand with this hard hitting in-state prospect? Read inside to find out.

Washington, who measures in at a solid 6'3 and 210 pounds, said he thoroughly enjoyed his time at USC over the weekend.

"It was good. It went real nice," said Washington. "I talked to Coach Spurrier, Coach David Reaves, and Coach Nix. I had a good talk with them. I talked with Coach Spurrier, and he was like, ‘There goes my man,' and he asked me how I was doing and stuff. I saw the new uniforms that they're getting from Under Armour, and everything was real nice."

The RNE standout shared what all Saturday's junior day consisted of for himself and several of the other top 2008 prospects that attended.

"They showed us a highlight film of all the games last year. We ate lunch and talked with some of the players like (Emanuel) Cook, (Kenny) McKinley, and a couple of them. We went into the stadium, and they had some clips of players on the big screen while playing the Gamecock theme song (2001). Then Coach Spurrier talked to us again saying that we can come there next year and do big things. We looked at the locker rooms for football and stuff too. It was real good."

Washington does not yet have a South Carolina offer, but he had the opportunity to talk with several of the USC coaches over the weekend about one potentially coming.

"Coach Nix said he's seen my highlight tape, and he likes what he saw. He said he'll be talking to the other coaches (about offering a scholarship). Coach Reaves asked me how I've been doing, and he heard I'd been working out hard in the weight room and the classroom. He also said he saw my film and liked it. Coach Spurrier told me to keep working hard."

When asked if he thinks a USC offer will come in the near future, Washington gave the following response.

"Oh yeah, most definitely."

After an enjoyable time at USC over the weekend, Washington, who is also receiving strong interest from Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech, is not quite ready to name South Carolina as his leader, but he left little doubt that the Gamecocks are near the top of his list.

"I don't have a top ten or a top five yet, but right now I know they're near the top."

Stay tuned to GamecockAnthem.com for all the latest on this Palmetto State prospect.

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