Aapri Washington is one of the most talented corners in the 2017 class. His cousin, four-star running back Robert Washington, committed to Syracuse during a ceremony on Saturday. Aapri was in attendance to see his cousin’s announcement.
”I wasn’t too much surprised,” Washington said. “I kind of saw it coming. I had thought he was going to stick with the Florida decision because he did make the Florida decision before that. So I really wasn’t sure.”
Syracuse was one of Washington’s early offers, and he has visited the campus. He visited with his cousin last fall to watch the Orange face Florida State, but was unable to get a campus tour or check out the academic side of things.
The goal for the talented corner is to get back up to Central New York to see a different part of the school. He is hopeful that will occur sometime this summer, saying he is going to make it a priority to schedule the trip.
With his cousin in the mix, the common thought is that Syracuse is a heavy favorite for Aapri. While the commitment does not an impact, Aapri will be making his own decision, so the Orange will have to recruit him just as hard.
”I mean, yes, that is a big look,” he said. “At the end of the day, it depends on if they stick to me or not. But that is a huge part of starting something and being able to play with family.
”Of course that was the best place that fit him and that made him feel comfortable. That doesn’t mean that may be the best place for me.”
Aapri already knows exactly what he is looking for in a potential landing spot.
”It’s relationship with the coaching staff,” Washington said. “Then just campus wise, it’s got to be there for football and outside of football. They have to have a great business program or sports medicine program.”
Washington’s primary recruiter is Syracuse running backs coach DeAndre Smith. The two are already starting to develop a relationship, and stay in contact on a regular basis.
”We’ve been able to talk a little bit,” Washington said. “Basically he’s saying we have to find the time for me to get back up there. Also keep working hard and finish the year out strong. But mainly he wants me to get back up there.”
Washington was not a popular target early, but is starting to attract some buzz. He has already hit double digit offers, including a pair from the SEC. He believes the key to the increased attention was simply proving his abilities in a variety of ways.
”They wanted to see if I’m improving year to year like from my freshman year to sophomore year,” Washington said. “I think outside camps, doing well in camps and stuff, does help. Seeing that I’m a consistent player. All of those are reasons why.”
Entering his junior season this coming fall, Washington is looking to continue to improve on the field with his offseason program.
”Just going hard in the weight room,” Washington said. “And then focusing on speed training. For the football part of it, I’m doing seven-on-seven right now and that carries over into the summer. That helps me get some football work in so I’ll be ready for the season.”