Huntersville (N.C.) SouthLake Christian running back Robert Washington is one of the most talented prospects in the 2016 class. Only a sophomore in high school, he is already putting up big numbers.
"The season has been going great," Washington said. "We're off to a great start. We're 6-1 right now. I've already hit the 1,000-yard mark. I've rushed for 1,142-yards. I'm averaging like 200 per game. So the season has been going really well.
"I've been working hard on my vision and my blocking. As a running back, you have to work on everything if you want to be an every down back and not come out on third down. So I work on my blocking and my route running. My vision, my speed, just the whole thing. I just work hard to become the best at what I do."
Recently, Scout.com updated their rankings for 2016, and Washington came in as a four star prospect. It's an honor that means a lot to the 5-foot-10 back.
"It means that my hard work is finally paying off," Washington said. "It keeps me humble. It shows I have to work harder if I want to be a five star. It shows that Scout believes in me to give me four stars even though it's a premature ranking. It tells me that they respect my game."
The one time Mississippi State commit has picked up a lot of interest and offers over the summer. Receiving interest from schools like Notre Dame, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan and others has meant a lot to Washington.
"It means that I'm working hard," Washington said. "It means my high school coach is putting me in a great position to be successful. It keeps me really humble. I'm just taking the recruiting process really slow right now. It's in season right now so I'm just focused on football, being a better teammate and focusing on my team. It's amazing to have all of these colleges offer and being able to visit. It's a very humbling experience."
Despite the interest from elite programs, one schools has remained a constant for Washington.
"I talk to Syracuse a lot," Washington said. "I talk to Eric White. I talk to Eric all the time. We have a really good relationship. We don't just talk about football. We talk about personal stuff, family stuff, religious stuff. We just have a really good relationship where we can talk about anything. I call him a lot. I'll be at a cookout with my family and I'll go out and call Eric to talk to him.
"They have a great running back tradition with Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little. The running back tradition is really good at Syracuse. We have a really good relationship. It's close to home because most of my family is from up there. It's a good opportunity for me to be close to family but still play down south because they're in the ACC."
Washington has not visited the Orange yet, but he has taken trips to other schools. The four star prospect says a trip to Syracuse is still in the works.
"The reason I haven't visited Syracuse is because I only had a little bit of free time and already had that time scheduled," Washington said. "But Syracuse is very high on my list. I just didn't have time to get up there because I had already made my schedule over the summer.
"I still plan to visit Syracuse after the season. My season ends in the middle of November, so I still plan on visiting Syracuse. I don't have a date yet, so I just have to look at my schedule and find an open date."
Washington added that he prefers visits where he gets to spend more time with the coaching staff as opposed to attending games. While he is looking forward to seeing the Orange campus in person, there are several schools involved with his recruitment right now.
"I like N.C. State, Syracuse, Michigan, Georgia, Vandy, Tennessee, North Carolina, Clemson, Notre Dame, Arizona, Arizona State, and UCLA is very high too. Boston College is very high because they have a great running back Andre Williams. I'm just taking it slow and looking at each college to see which ones fits me."