Syracuse after Aapri Washington ‘the most’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Many rising-seniors proved a point on Saturday at the Opening Regional, but several underclassmen stood out as well. Syracuse target Aapri Washington was among the latter and he says one program he now has family connections to is recruiting him the hardest.

Robert Washington made plenty of heads turn in late April with a commitment to Syracuse over plenty of college football’s elite and the move still has the Orange on the mind of many in his native North Carolina.

The developing trend was evident on Saturday during The Opening Charlotte Regional, where plenty of the mid-Atlantic and South’s best were on hand competing within the class of 2016 and beyond. In the latter group, Huntersville (N.C.) SouthLake Christian Academy standout Aapri Washington was as consistent as it gets en route to being named a Scout.com top underclassmen performer.

Before the standout effort, Washington updated his recruitment.

“Just working hard, trying to finish up school,” he said. “Coaches have been coming by to see us workout. My recruitment is going neutral right now, not fast but not slow. I’ve been keeping in contact with a lot of coaches, some that have offered.

“There’s one school that’s coming pretty hard, Syracuse. My cousin committed there, but they’ve been coming harder than most. We have the same relationship with most schools, but Syracuse the most.”

The growing buzz has many North Carolinians talking about making a trip to Central New York to learn more of the ACC program. The Washington family has been at the core of it.

“You get the Twitter fans and he’s trying to get more people there, like a unit,” he said. “He wants to get it to how Miami used to be. It’s a big shift; they’re going hard in the North (Carolina). They show more and more interest, so hopefully I’ll take a visit. Robert is trying to put a plan together for me, but I’m thinking about coming up there in the summer.“

In no rush to make his own decision, the rising-junior did admit the momentum Syracuse has with his cousin and potentially with others isn’t a flash in the pan. He expects one of SU’s biggest commitments in the modern era to stick it out with Scott Shafer’s program despite being recruited further by many others.

“I think so,” Washington said. “I think that’s the place he wants to be. If anything, if he does decide to make a decision with another school, it would be them (SU) and that other school.”

Washington at The Opening Charlotte


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