A Red River recruiting showdown is now set to conclude for one of the nation’s premier safety prospects on the Fourth of July.
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“I wanted to be at the best of the best and these two schools had everything to offer to me and they both felt like home,” Washington told BON on why Texas and Oklahoma outlasted every other program pursuing his services.
Dubbed as the nation’s No. 15 safety and No. 198 player overall, per the 247Sports Composite, Washington has been a mainstay in Austin throughout the past year. In addition to camping with Texas last summer and returning two months later for the Longhorns 37-14 win over USC, Washington has visited Texas multiple times offseason, with one tour taking place in January for Elite Day, and then another the following month for Junior Day.
“UT is a great program, I love UT,” Washington told BON’s Joe Hamilton last October. “I love the coaches. I love everything about UT, it’s a great school.”
Even prior to his first-ever trip to Texas, Washington named the Longhorns in his top 10 last July, which spoke of his interest in the program. Alabama, Texas A&M, LSU, Ohio State, and Georgia were among the other programs in the mix at the time, but now find themselves left on the outside looking in.
“They provide a great atmosphere,” Washington said of why he has such high interest in the Longhorns.
His only two Crystal Ball picks favored Texas when he announced his finalists, but since then Oklahoma picked up three predictions, with no projections for the Longhorns a little more than 24 hours before his decision.
Texas is still seeking its first pledge at the safety position, with Washington among a number of elite-level options, alongside Duncanville star Chris Thompson Jr., Tucson (Ari.) Salpointe Catholic product Lathan Ransom, and Pearland Shadow Creek standout Xavion Alford.