Washington "Loves" TCU
TCU hosted several of the Lone Star State’s top players on Saturday when they held their first junior day for 2016 and 2017 prospects. However, one prospect made the visit from halfway across the country; Huntersville (NC) Southlake Christian Academy running back Robert Washington. Washington is already in the Scout.com Top 300, ranked as the No. 237 overall player. As a running back, he’s rated as the nation’s 19th best. The visit to TCU was in the works for quite some time and it’s actually the third time he’s made the visit on campus. His visit on Saturday was yet another eye opener. “I love it,” Washington said of TCU. “TCU is program that has been consistent and has stable core. You can see that every year they take a step closer and get better.” Although he seems to have a good grasp on the Frogs’ program, one thing he didn’t realize was how long head coach Gary Patterson has coached the Frogs. For Washington, Patterson’s long tenure is a sign of his commitment to building the Frogs’ program among the nation’s elite. “I didn't realize Coach P has been at TCU for eighteen years,” he said. “That is a plus because you know he's in it for the long haul. He has turned down plenty of high profile jobs to stay at TCU and turn them in to a top program. That's a plus for me if I came to TCU because I know he's vested in the long term success of the program. His legacy is at TCU. In my opinion he's one of best coaches in college football. “I enjoyed talking with him. He sat down with me, my father and uncle. He really made us feel at home. He told me that he really would love to have me.” Washington has always held TCU in high regards. It’s well known he wears No. 5 because his idol, LaDainian Tomlinson, wore that number for the Frogs before his long career in the NFL. After the visit, Washington says his interest has increased. “My interest has increased, Coach Luper is the man,” he said. “We have a great relationship. He's been recruiting me hard since 10th grade. Coach P confirmed that interest.” While he knows the Frogs are serious about landing his services, Washington knows his visit also made the TCU coaching staff well aware that he holds them in a high regard. “I think the visit also confirmed my interest,” he said. “I'm from NC so getting a player that far could be a reach. But I've been to TCU three times so they know I'm serious about them. That makes the relationship mutual and realistic. Now they're coming harder.” For fans concerned about the distance between TCU’s campus and North Carolina, Washington says proximity will not play a factor. For him and his family, it’s all about finding the best fit. He knows he’ll have his family’s support no matter how far he travels. “A school’s location doesn't matter to me. It's all about the best fit. My parents support me 100 percent and that's all I needed. They told me to be selfish and go where I wanted,” he said. “No matter where, they will get to the games.”
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