Although he's still nearly two years away from signing his national letter of intent, Robert Washington is already a household name in recruiting circles.
Washington, a 5-foot-10, 205-pound running back from Southlake Christian Academy in Huntersville, North Carolina, is one of the most coveted recruits in the entire nation from the 2016 class.
Just one look at what he's accomplished the last two seasons (2,512 yards and 28 TD's in 2013) and it's easy to understand why Washington has offers from some of the top programs in the nation including Arizona State, California, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, Wisconsin and TCU among others. All told, the four-star back has a total of 28 offers in the fold.
"Recruiting has been going great; Stanford, Notre Dame, Pitt and Ohio State have all offered in the past week," Washington said. "So it has been busy for me."
One team that has picked up the pace in their recruitment of Washington is TCU. The speedy back says he's building a strong relationship with his recruiter; running backs coach Curtis Luper.
"Coach Luper was supposed to come down this week but he will be down next week to see me," he said. "He likes me a lot; that's what it's all about, the relationship; me and coach (Luper) are building a pretty good one."
Washington has a little familiarity with the Frogs, having visited the Ft. Worth campus recently. He sees similarities in his school and what TCU has to offer.
"I visited TCU this past February; I liked it a lot," Washington said. "It's very similar to the school I go to now; both are Christian schools and private. We actually have several students at TCU from my school."
So far, Washington likes what he sees in the Frogs' program with the tradition and commitment to education. In fact, he patterns his game after the most successful running back in Frogs' history; LaDainian Tomlinson. Washington wouldn't mind following in his idol's footsteps.
"I wear number 5 because of LT and my uncle," he said. "I like the way LT carries himself; he is respected on and off the field. He's a high character guy and that's what I pride myself on too."
Washington has already seen a ton of schools so far through the process and has plans to see more this summer. For now, he's putting all of his focus on his football team as they go for a repeat state championship.
"I have pretty much been to a lot so far; I will probably visit several more in the summer," Washington said of possible visits. "We have a new football coach so I want to focus on school ball; we won the state championship last year and I want to repeat."
What is he looking for in a program?
Academics are number one for me; I'm going to pick a school that feels right for me," he said. "Location is not a concern for me; I have played all around the country from Cali to Texas to Boston with Team USA. The most important thing for me is academics and does the school fits me and do I fit the school."