LUBBOCK, Texas — Deandre Washington believes in fully evaluating anything before he gets himself involved.
And that means any relationship.
So it wasn't until his third date with Texas Tech that the 5-foot-8, 175-pound running back decided that it was time to introduce his mother, Tiffany Jones.
Thankfully for Tech, mom approved and Washington made his verbal commitment to the 2011 Red Raiders.
"After it was all said and done, I decided this was home," Washington said. "Why wait? So I just decided it was time to pull the trigger. This is the best decision I've ever made."
The Marshall (Missouri City, TX) running back gained more than 700 yards on the ground last season while scoring eight touchdowns but also had more than 500 yards receiving, he said.
"When I made my decision, I wanted to make sure I got everything I needed," he said. "So we talked to everyone, we looked around the campus and classrooms, we drove around town – we saw it all.
"My mom was really impressed with the coaching staff and the campus. Everything is so lovely up here. The coaches are nothing but genuine and everything they say is the truth. There's no front to them like you might see at other places. She was all smiles."
Washington said he will be the featured running back this season for Marshall but does not feel limited to the backfield, given his athletic ability. He wants to showcase that type of athletic ability at Tech next season and said he compares his style to a lot like the type of player Reggie Bush was at USC.
He visited with the entire coaching staff, including head coach Tommy Tuberville, with all of them stressing what he could do in an explosive offense like this – something his mother really liked.
"I feel like I can be the total package athlete in the Texas Tech offense," Washington said. "I want to contribute everywhere on the field with the offense and special teams – running, catching, wildcat, kick returns, punt returns – everything."
Aside from football, Washington said he was impressed with everything the school and city has to offer a young kid like himself.
"Everyone up here is so nice and friendly," he said. "Lubbock is all about Texas Tech and it's such a huge football town. They love football up here and show nothing but love for Texas Tech. I like the way the town surrounds the program and how everything is out here. This is home."