Washington Set to visit TCU later this month

Four-star 2016 running back Robert Washington plans to visit TCU later this month.

For 2016 running back Robert Washington, yards matter little to him in the grand scheme of things. It doesn’t matter that the four-star back has accounted for 6,507 all-purpose yards and 69 touchdowns the last three seasons; what matters are the wins that resulted from his remarkable performances.

In two seasons, Washington has helped Huntersville (NC) Southlake Christian Academy win two consecutive Division II state championships and going 34-3 in that span.

Virtually every school in the nation has Washington on their radar and he’s amassed over 40 offers from schools such as Ohio State, UCLA, Tennessee, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Nebraska, TCU, Stanford, Florida and Wisconsin among many others.

Although the attention from colleges didn’t slow, Washington didn’t let the attention detour his primary focus; which was winning another state championship. He helped that effort by scoring the game winning touchdown in a 21-14 overtime win against Northside Christian.

Simply put, winning games was the most important thing on Washington’s mind during the season. Not the yards or college attention.

“I took a break from recruiting during the season to focus on my high school,” he said. “It paid off when we won another championship.

“I'm all about winning. I hate losing more than I love winning. Coaches like that I'm a winner; I don't really care about the stats. Helping a team win its first ever State Championship and then winning the second was huge for me.”

Now that he’s accomplished the goal of helping his team win a state championship, Washington has now shifted his focus back to recruiting. Later this month, Washington will make an unofficial visit to TCU on January 25th.

TCU was one of the first programs to offer Washington, who’s rated as the No.15 running back in the nation in the 2016 class. Frogs’ running backs coach Curtis Luper has recruited Washington for over a year and the fleet back was impressed with the season the Frogs had; particularly their performance in their 42-3 win over Ole Miss.

“I like TCU a lot, Coach Luper is a great coach,” he said. “TCU had a great season and a dominant Bowl performance against a very good SEC team.”

The Frogs will be down two backs by the time Washington would hit campus; both B.J. Catalon and Aaron Green will be seniors in 2015. According to Washington, Luper has made it clear where he sits on their list of running back targets.

“He has made it clear that I am his #1 running back target in 2016; which means a lot,” Washington said.

To find another factor that doesn’t hurt TCU in Washington’s recruitment, one would simply have to watch his highlights and notice the number he dons; number five. Frog fans are well aware of the number significance; one of the greatest players in the program’s history wore that number; LaDainian Tomlinson. In fact, Tomlinson is the reason Washington chose that number. For Washington, Tomlinson is everything he inspires one day to be; on and off the football field.

“If I committed to TCU I would try to talk to LT about letting me wear #5,” Washington said. “That would be a blessing because I pride myself on my character like LT. I don't want to be known as just a great football player. I want to be known as a great person.”

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