Picking up your first official offer is something that most high school football prospects will remember for ever, especially if you receive one before entering your junior football season.
Jackson Tennessee standout 2011 athlete Jabriel Washington received his first official offer from the University of Tennessee this past Saturday. Washington attended the Vols Annual Spring game in Knoxville, where he got a pleasant surprise.
"When I got there they escorted me up to the top where all the coaches were," Washington told InsideTennessee.com. "Coach (Lane) Kiffin and Coach (Ed) Orgeron walked up to me and welcomed me to the University of Tennessee."
Washington was impressed with the first class treatment to say the least but he wasn't expecting what happened next.
"They told me that they wanted me to be a Volunteer, that I had a full ride (official offer) at the University of Tennessee," Washington said. "It felt so great, to get my first offer and for it to be from Tennessee, I can't explain the feeling."
How does the Vols rank for Washington's services?
Washington, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound athlete, who runs a 4.5 forty, plays quarterback for his high school team but is expected to play wide receiver at the next level.
Washington was impressed with how this new football team looked this spring.
"They looked like a lot better team overall than they were last fall," Washington said. "I went to a game last year, they looked much better today in a lot of areas."
The news of Washington received an early offer from Tennessee made the rounds at his High School Monday.
"Everyone at school is big Tennessee fans," Washington said. "They loved it that I got an offer, everyone was coming up and congratulating me."
Washington doesn't plan on letting the early offer go to his head.
"I have to remain humble," Washington said. "I have to continue to work hard, I can't quit now I have to far to go to do that."
Washington plans on waiting at least a year before making a decision.
"I will probably make a decision the summer before my senior season," Washington said. "This is just the beginning of the recruiting process for me."