HUNTERSVILLE – College scholarship offers are piling up for SouthLake Christian Academy running back Robert Washington Jr.
The talented sophomore has received 29 offers, including invitations since April 14 from Ohio State, Stanford, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Nebraska, Vanderbilt and Texas Christian.
Washington, 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, last season rushed 219 times for 2,512 yards and 28 touchdowns, helping SouthLake Christian win the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A championship. He was named to the all-state team and was the leading rusher among sophomores in the nation, according to Maxpreps.com.
Washington said he will narrow his list to about 15 schools by December (after his junior season). He also plays for Team USA and attends national camps throughout the year.
“I believe he's getting so much college attention because he goes out and competes nationally and does well,” said Robert Washington, his father. “He has been doing this since the seventh grade. Robert is very competitive and he loves to compete against the best. He has played football all across the country and has competed against some of the best players in the country.”
The offers likely will continue to roll in for Washington, who has two high school seasons remaining. He has made unofficial visits to several college campuses, but can’t sign until he’s a senior.
Washington stresses that he’s looking at an entire college program – football, academics and atmosphere. On May 5, Washington, who has a 3.3 grade point average, sent this message via Twitter: “So if a college is only looking for just a jock...I'm not your guy.”
Washington was rated the No. 2 running back at last week’s Nike Football Training Camp in Clifton, Va. Brian Dohn, a national recruiting analyst, wrote on scout.com:
“Washington, a class of 2016 prospect, is built for power and speed. He did a good job of running down hill, and his footwork was very good. He runs low to the ground and his ability to cut back was evident during 1-on-1’s. He was succinct in his route running, and he came out of breaks well. Overall, he was impressive because of his speed and change of direction.”