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J.T. Washington is the third Florida native in West Virginia's 2012 football recruiting class, but he said that fact was not a big part of his decision to commit to the Mountaineer program.

J.T. Washington, along with Joseph Jackson and Imarjaye Albury, make up three-fifths of WVU's current commit list, but he said the presence of the others was not a major factor in his decision.

"It might have been, a little bit, but it wasn't a big reason," said Washington. "It does help make me more comfortable in knowing other guys from Florida will be there, but I didn't know any of them before I committed. I've been meeting them on Facebook now, but before that I didn't know them.

"It was really my visit to West Virginia that sold me," he continued, I just liked everything about it. The coaches, the stadium, the school and even the town. Everything there, I liked."

Before he got to WVU, Washington built a strong relationship with defensive backs coach David Lockwood, who was his primary recruiter.

"He's very funny, and we got along great," Washington added "He told me straight up about West Virginia and about the school, and I built a good relationship with him. It's only going to get better, and I had a good visit with the other coaches when I went there in February."

Washington is a running back at Satellite Beach High School, but he believes he has the ability to play other positions as well.

"I do think I can fit in other positions," he said. "I'm versatile, and I play return positions on special teams too. I think I could play anywhere they asked me."

Washington, who also mans the free safety spot for Satellite Beach, had 1,500 rushing yards and 900 receiving yards during his junior year. Playing in a spread offense, he was as comfortable catching the ball out of the backfield as he was in taking the ball on hand offs, and showed excellent vision and quickness.

Washington, who said that going out of state for school was one of his goals, is still being recruited by several other schools, including Iowa State, USF, Maryland and Indiana. He said that he may take official visits to other schools, but that he is solid with West Virginia.

"I don't have any problems with the distance or with West Virginia at all. None of that is a factor. I'll take an official visit to WVU as well, and right now I'm not changing my mind. I am all WVU."

NOTES

Washington has set a goal of earning his county player of the year award while leading his team to the playoffs. Satellite Beach is a young team, but one that has a great deal of talent.

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Washington currently checks in at five feet, nine inches and 160 pounds. He has recorded a 4.48 40-yard dash time.

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While he's not sure yet of his course of study in college, Washington is working hard to get his academics taken care of in high school. He is enrolling in summer school courses to get a head start on his senior year and to boost his GPA as high as possible.


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