Washington Excited about Running Back U

One of the top sophomore tailbacks in the country, Huntersville (NC) SouthLake Christian Academy running back Robert Washington can thank the University of Wisconsin for putting him over 20 scholarship offers.

Huntersville (NC) SouthLake Christian Academy sophomore running back Robert Washington originally wanted to have a top 15 by mid January and really hone in on his recruitment for a junior-year decision. But with Washington continuing to pick up more and more attention, the 5-10, 205-pound back is finding cutting his list difficult, especially since his sophomore season attracted big interest.

"This past season went great," Washington said. "I led the nation in rushing for sophomores and had 2,512 rushing yards with 28 rushing touchdowns. We topped off the season with a state championship, so I got no complaints at all on my season."

Now sitting on 20 scholarship offers, Washington's latest offer came from the University of Wisconsin and new running back coach Thomas Brown, who finally spoke to Washington Friday after multiple messages over Facebook.

"He was just telling me how he just became the coach three weeks ago and he was looking for new talent and trying to find two backs for my class," Washington told BadgerNation. "We just had a good conversation and he was explaining like where he was from, where he grew up and I did the same thing. He also just said we are going to start building a relationship. At the end of the conversation, he told me that they were offering me because I want two backs in your class."

Taking multiple backs for the second straight year will be important to rebuilding the depth at the position, as UW will likely be able to take only tailback in 2015 despite losing two tailbacks (senior Jeff Lewis, junior Melvin Gordon).

As a running back, the 5-10, 205-pound tailback understands how prestigious a Badger offer is with the tradition Wisconsin has had in their backfield over the years.

"It is a huge thing to get this offer," said Washington. "Wisconsin is Running Back University and have put out so many top NFL backs like Montee Ball, who is playing with the Denver Broncos. I can't forget James White and Wisconsin is just the Running Back University."

The Badgers join a long list of suitors for the early four-star 2016 recruit and is now on the list of schools he wants to visit.

"Over the next year, I will probably get up there (to Madison)," said Washington. "In the summer time, (Coach Brown) wants me to get up there to show me everything, watch practice (and) see how he coaches the running backs. I will try to get up there to see the stadium, fans and everything about Wisconsin."

Washington says he will visit Penn State next weekend and visit Notre Dame in April.

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