Syracuse landed perhaps their biggest commitment in the Scout era in four-star running back Robert Washington on Saturday. He chose the Orange over finalists Alabama, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and TCU.
There was first a report that he had chosen Florida from an interview he did earlier in the week. However, when it came time to announce during his ceremony Saturday afternoon, he announced for Syracuse.
Afterwards, Scout caught up with his mother, Komica Coote, to discuss the decision from her perspective.
”I will say it’s a very exciting and a very humbling experience,” Coote said. “In my case, I talked to Robert a lot about what I thought the best decision was as far as just about football. The overall program and helping develop him. He’s going to be a young man to a man and he has to have life outside of football.”
Coote attended the unofficial visit with her son and signed off on Syracuse as an option. It was a combination of factors that led to the decision.
”One, they do offer a (great) education,” Coote said. “Two, the coaches there come off as not just a football player. They care about the individual as a person. They help develop them off the field. On top of that, they pushed him for academics. You’re not just going to go there to play ball.
”I thought the visit was nice. On top of that, they have a dome. The Dome was very nice. As far as him playing in the weather, it doesn’t really matter because of the dome. Then the campus is very nice. Everybody was very inviting. There’s a lot of ‘Cuse pride up there so I like that too.”
She added that Washington’s desire to be the guy and help turn a program around was important. Her message to Syracuse fans was to treat Robert right and that “we’re going to play ball.”