- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
When safety Shaan Washington (Alexandria, La./Alexandria) visited Texas A&M this spring, he got a good feeling.
As he talked with head coach Kevin Sumlin, he felt a sense of comfort. Sumlin wasn't pressuring him to commit then and there, but rather encouraging the 6-2, 210-pound safety to visit and talk with other schools and compare them to the Aggies before deciding.
But when it was all said and done, Washington liked what he saw in College Station and verbally committed to the Aggies on Monday, adding yet another defensive player to the Aggies' 2013 recruiting class.
"The facilities are nice, the academic center was nice and the people were nice," Washington said recalling his visit earlier this year. "I'm excited."
Washington, who plays safety and receiver for Alexandria, chose the Aggies over a host of other schools that offered him, including Arizona, Cincinnati, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi and Mississippi State. He is the 14th player on the defensive side of the ball to commit to the Aggies and he's well aware of Texas A&M's recruiting efforts in this class.
"The defense determines the outcome of the game," he said. "You have to have a good defense to win."
Washington, a Class 4A all-state pick last season by the Louisiana Sportswriters Association, was recruited by Texas A&M defensive line coach Terry Price. He built a solid relationship with Price that made him feel comfortable and he also said that the Aggies' membership in the SEC also played a significant role in his decision. After talking it over with his family, he felt like the Aggies were the right fit.
"Me and my dad sat and talked about it and we felt like it was the best choice for me," Washington said.
While Texas A&M is projecting Washington as a safety, he said he's willing to play any position they want him to.
"Yes sir," he said. "I'll play anywhere they need me."
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