Robert Washington is one of the most talented running backs in the 2016 class. Early in his sophomore season, things have been going pretty well.
"It's been going good," Washington said. "We're 4-0. Can't complain at all. I've been having a pretty good sophomore season too. I'm just trying to do what I do."
Washington's talent and productivity has resulted in him being a highly sought after prospect early on in his recruitment.
"Right now I nine offers," Washington said. "Louisiana Lafayette was the last to offer. They offered about a week ago. Really my interest is all around. I'm being nationally recruited so I'm showing my love to all the schools. I'm calling the coaches every day. Like Michigan, N.C. State, North Carolina, Syracuse, UCLA, Notre Dame, Georgia. I'm talking to a lot of coaches right now. Just building the relationship to see which is the best for me."
Syracuse has been in on Washington very early. He plans on getting up to the Orange campus to take in a game day atmosphere sometime this season.
"Yes I'm trying to get up to Syracuse later on this winter," Washington said. "I want to get to Syracuse for a game. We haven't actually set a date as far as when I'm going to get up there. But I have been talking to Eric White a lot about it. I'm really excited to go up there. I just don't know when though."
Washington and Syracuse director of recruiting Eric White have developed a strong relationship that could help the Orange down the road.
"Me and Eric talk about personal stuff," Washington said. "We talk about football and how things are going. I ask him how his family is doing. We talk about football a lot. You know Syracuse has a great running back tradition. Ernie Davis and Jim Brown. So their running back tradition is great. We talk a lot about that and the type of offense they run. We talk about the whole shebang."
Originally, the SouthLake Christian Academy (Huntersville, N.C.) standout committed to Mississippi State. However, after a changeover in the staff, he decommitted and reopened his recruitment. Washington has learned a lot from that experience.
"Yes I'm taking things a lot slower," Washington said. "You have to slow things down during the season. It's about school ball. I have to be a better leader for my team and we're trying to win a state championship. We're trying to get the first state championship in school history. I'm slowing it down in the season, but it'll pick up again over the summer."
For Washington, the main factor in his recruitment won't be how elite the program is. He wants the place that feels like home. Early on, Syracuse is among those high on his list.
"It doesn't matter to me the size of the program," Washington said. "It's all about the relationship with the coaches and which I have the strongest relationship with. Which school I can see myself playing for. Syracuse is definitely up there. They're real high."