Huntersville (N.C.) SouthLake Christian running back Robert Washington is one of the most talented players in the 2016 class. The four-star running back and Scout 300 prospect has been releasing his top six schools in staggered fashion. The first three that made the list were Syracuse, North Carolina and TCU.
He broke down each school and why they made his list.
Syracuse: “I have love for ‘Cuse. They’ve been recruiting me for a long time. They were like my fifth offer. Since they’ve been recruiting me for so long, and I’ve been talking with coach (Eric) White, (running backs) coach (DeAndre) Smith, I definitely have a great relationship with them. They’ve been recruiting me for over two years. Ernie Davis, that was my favorite movie for a long time. I used to watch it every day. The Express. When I first saw it, I didn’t know much about the 44 history, but when I watched the movie, I was like ‘Cuse!’ A couple years later they started recruited me. The running back history holds importance to me. Jim Brown, Floyd Little and Ernie. I know Jim Brown went into the hall of fame. The number one lure for me at Syracuse is wearing the #44. That is really intriguing to me.”
North Carolina: “North Carolina is the home state school. I have a good relationship with (offensive coordinator) coach (Gunter) Brewer. They came right after Syracuse as my sixth offer. They’ve been recruiting me for a long time as well. I just have a good relationship with some guys that I grew up with and played high school football with. There are guys there that I knew from back in high school and we talk every day. So North Carolina, we have a good relationship with each other.”
TCU: “The Horned Frogs, I have a great relationship coach (Curtis) Luper. Great relationship with the running backs coach there. Coach Luper is a great dude. He coached Tre Mason, he coached Michael Dyer, and many a thousand yard backs. He really showed me how he can produce NFL caliber backs, and that’s my dream. That’s everybody’s dream to go play in the NFL. So he really showed that he sees that potential in me. That’s why TCU is up there.”
The plan going forward is to release a new school every two weeks or so, with the final one coming towards the end of March. The final three schools have not been selected yet, as Washington is still evaluating which ones he wants to round out his top six. A decision will be coming in April, though no specific date has been set for a commitment.
”There are four things for me that will help make my decision,” Washington said. “Education, that’s very important. Will I play early? Do I feel at home? And then do I have a good relationship with my position coach and the rest of the coaching staff.”