September 13, 2013

Washington comes away impressed

Several players turned out for the Middle Tennessee State game last week, as players were able to get a glimpse of the campus and a UNC 40-20 victory over the Raiders.

One familiar face in the crowd Saturday was 2016 standout running back Robert Washington from Southlake Christian Academy.

Washington has been to UNC a couple times so far this year, attending the Spring game in April and also attending a UNC camp back in June.

Saturday, Washington was able to catch the Tar Heels in action and catch up with running back coach Randy Jordan, who has developed a special relationship with the young running back.

"Really, during my trip, a couple of people went up with me Moe Neal, Aapri Washington, Will Eason, Conner O'Donnell, and others, so it was about seven or so that went up," Washington replied.

"It was really that I just wanted to go back up and see Coach Jordan and talk to Coach Brewer again. They said I could come up anytime, so I wanted to see them again and see a game because I wanted to see North Carolina play this year."

Washington seemed to come away impressed with the way North Carolina was able to take care of business against the Raiders, especially with their rushing attack, as he mentioned the play of Romar Morris and A.J. Blue last weekend.

"Coach Jordan and I talked about the running attack and I was planning on going up for a practice to watch film and stuff, but I'm not sure when I will be able to do that. But honestly, we just talked about the rushing attack, how they attacked Middle Tennessee; they were able to run the ball great with Morris rushing for two touchdowns and A.J. had a great game."

As mentioned above, running back coach Jordan has developed a certain bond with the young man from Huntersville, as each one has not only grown a football relationship, but a personal relationship as well.

When asked if he and Coach Jordan had a good relationship with each other, here is what Washington had to say about their bond each have formed with each other.

"Yes sir, we really don't always talk about football. We talk about football but we also talk about personal matters to. He is really down to earth and keeps it real with you. So we have really formed a good relationship with each other."

With their bond, Washington has said that UNC is one of his top schools on his list of offers right now and one of the top schools in the state. After he decommited from Mississippi State earlier in the year, several schools have stepped up their recruitment on the young but powerful back.

"I really have always liked UNC and it is one of my favorite schools in the state and is very high on my list; they are in my top 5 definitely," Washington said.

But that hasn't convinced Washington to jump the gun again, as he reiterated that he really is taking his recruiting process slow and wanting to take his time with his decision.

"I did just want to slow down the process and it is football season now and I'm just trying to focus on my team to win a state championship. So I really just wanted to slow it down."

"I'm trying to come up with one," replied Washington when asked about having a list of top schools.

"A lot of schools have stepped up their recruitment; Michigan is a big one, while Georgia is another one. UCLA and Syracuse have also started stepping up their recruitment. Louisiana-Lafeyette just offered me this week also."

Washington plans on coming back to Chapel Hill in the future to catch up with Coach Jordan and to possibly see another game.

He plans on attending the Michigan vs. Akron game this coming week, while also making a trip to N.C. State later on, as he wasn't able to make it to Raleigh last weekend when N.C. State defeated Richmond.

Right now though, Washington is focused on his season; his Friday nights. Southlake Christian School is currently 2-0 so far, with Washington posting over 300 yards and seven touchdowns early in the season.

North Carolina will continue to stay in strong contact with the young gun from Huntersville, as Washington is one of the top priorities at the running back position for the class of 2016 and certainly will be a player to watch in the coming years.

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