Frogs Offer Versatile Washington
TCU’s 2015 class is close to filling up, emphasis on close. The Frogs coaching staff has built an impressive recruiting haul with their class ranked No.24 in the Scout.com team rankings. With 22 commitments, the Frogs just may take a full class; especially with the recent news of Chris Hackett declaring for the NFL draft and Jordan Moore transferring. With a very limited number of spots available, any offer this late in the process is an important one. Consider the offer they extended on Tuesday night to be in that category. The Frogs extended an offer to Prattville, Alabama athlete Keith Washington, who is considered one of the most versatile athletes in the southeast. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder with 4.3 speed currently holds offers from Cal, Duke, North Carolina, Indiana, Northwestern, Wake Forest, Southern Miss and South Florida among others. The TCU offer was ‘huge’ according to Washington. “That’s a huge, big time offer for me from a big time school,” Washington said. “That was huge for me.” Although the offer came somewhat as a surprise to Washington, he had already built a good relationship with Frogs’ linebackers coach DeMontie Cross. Originally from Clute (TX) Brazoswood, Washington first met Cross last year. However, after he committed to Duke, the two lost contact. While visiting family back home in Texas, Washington decided to give Cross a call to see if there would be any interest. It turned out to be a call worth making. “When I came back to Texas over Christmas break I decided to give the coach a shout and we started up the recruiting right then,” he said. “He’s a real nice guy and a great coach.” The Texas native admits that TCU’s offer will make a big impact on his recruitment since he has so many friends and family nearby. He’s already received some ‘advice’ on the school he needs to attend from family and friends. “It’s a very big impact; I’ve had a lot of friends and family members from Texas tweeting me and messaging me trying to persuade me to go to TCU,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of friends down there and it’s close to home.” With versatility to play on either side of the ball, the Frogs have some options if they end up landing Washington. For now, the intent seems to be on him playing defense; which is the side of the ball he actually prefers. “They like me as a corner, that’s what I’ve been hearing mainly,” he said. “But, I feel like they’re also recruiting me as an athlete so they might get me there, if I decide to go there, and try me at different positions. But, right now I’m thinking corner. They’ve asked me if I wanted to play quarterback too but me personally, I’d rather play on the defensive side of the ball.” Washington said the Frogs’ 12-1 season definitely made an impression on him. “They shocked the world this year and proved a lot of people wrong. They played a heck of a bowl game in the last game so they put themselves on the map even more this season,” Washington said. For now, Washington has an official visit to Indiana planned for this weekend. He’s still working out the details for an official visit to TCU. Without a doubt, Washington wants to get to TCU’s campus as fast as he can. “We’re actually in the process right now trying to get the visit set up with the coaches,” he said. “We should hopefully know by tomorrow. I’m still going to try to visit Indiana this weekend but I’m definitely going to try to get to TCU as soon as possible.”
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