- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
Before last week, Jacory Washington had just four offers from the likes of Florida Atlantic, Illinois, Lafayette and UCLA, but the 2014 prospect saw his stock take off with a recent trip around the SEC West.
The Westlake, La., native visited Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M, and each stop earned him a new scholarship offer from the respective head coach.
“It’s just great,” Washington said. “I’m just taking it all in. I still can’t believe it. Finally, all my hard work is starting to pay off.”
The mini-tour wrapped up on Friday with a stop in Tuscaloosa to check out the Crimson Tide’s program. UA assistant coach Burton Burns, Washington’s recruiting coordinator, showed him the campus and the facilities and introduced him to the rest of the coaching staff.
“I liked it,” Washington said. “Everything was really close, the academic program, the dorms, the cafeteria. It was a big plus, the cafeteria, because I love to eat.”
Afterwards, he met with Tide head coach Nick Saban, who offered him the scholarship, and the two talked for over an hour.
“We didn’t even talk about football,” Washington said. “We pretty much talked about life after football, person development and player development. We talked about life. I asked him questions like how can he get his players to go out there every single Saturday and play their hearts out? He put everything into a life situation.”
During the conversation, Saban did indicate that the UA staff likes Washington as a wide receiver at the next level. Listed as a tight end, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound prospect was also offered by Texas A&M to play receiver, and LSU said he could do a combination of the two.
Washington, who lives just two hours from Baton Rouge, admits that he grew up a fan of LSU but says that doesn’t matter when it comes to recruiting.
“Recruiting is way different,” he said. “It puts everything into perspective, just getting the feel for everything.”
There’s no doubt more schools may soon offer, and Washington could see his offer list rise into double digits. He is already planning a trip back to Alabama for a game this fall.
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