Trey Washington was supposed to be on the Hilltop for an unofficial visit last Saturday when SMU took on Texas A&M but plans fell through, and the SMU commit ended up watching the game on TV.
"It was a tough loss. I still think that SMU has a lot of room to grow and a lot of room to improve just like any other team," Washington said. "I think we just have to get under our feet and take our time. I think in a few games we'll get on a roll and have a season similar to last year."
Despite the blowout loss, Washington remains fully committed to SMU and said he will ‘probably' be on campus this weekend to watch SMU host TCU. Washington said he's received letters from a few schools but is not paying attention to them.
"I'm still going strong with SMU. I'm still 100 percent, and I don't see anything changing," he said. "I visited a lot of colleges last year with some of my friends. I went to LSU, Arkansas, Texas Tech, and when came to SMU, it was just a good feeling. It was different, and they made me feel at home."
Another reason why Washington's commitment remains completely solid is his relationship with SMU defensive line coach Bert Hill, who has been recruiting the Gilmer (TX) product since early spring.
"I talked to Coach Hill last week. I was telling him about my season, and he was telling me about the SMU season," Washington said. "He really likes me and said he would come watch me whenever he can with his schedule. Coach Hill is a lot like my coaches here at Gilmer. I feel he's a really nice coach, and I can't wait to play for him at SMU."
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound defensive back expects to play cornerback at the next level and is having a superb senior season so far. In four games, Washington has recorded 16 tackles and one interception and has also caught 14 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
"The season is going really well right now. The defense is doing great," Washington said. "I don't like taking credit for myself. I like giving props to the defense, but I think I'm playing better than I did last year."
In the season opener, Washington helped Gilmer contain fellow SMU commit Everett Dickerson as the Buckeyes topped Atlanta 31-17.
"I talked to Dickerson briefly after the game. We shook hands, and I told him I would see him at SMU," Washington said. "He said he was looking forward to it. He played well with what we gave him. Dickerson all-around played a really good game. He had a better game than (Oklahoma State commit) Corion Webster."
Washington says he hopes to plan his official visit to SMU soon and will not see any other schools.
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