October 6, 2010

Sunshine State linebacker talks recruiting

Florida has been kind to Syracuse over the past few years in recruiting. This year is no different and as it stands now the Orange have two commitments from the Sunshine State. One other prospect from the state they are looking at is Daerius Washington.

Washington, 6-foot-0, 190 pounds is enjoying a nice start to his football season and he is also seeing his recruitment take shape.

"Recruiting has been going good for me. I have been talking to the same schools really, Syracuse, Western Michigan, Middle Tennessee, and Wake forest."

The schools that he has been talking with may not be his favorites.

"I would not say those are my top four favorites because I have not narrowed anything down yet."

He did however have nice things to say about those programs.

Syracuse: "I like Syracuse. I like how that program is coming up. Every time I speak to the coaches from there I can always see the program increasing. Syracuse has had a couple of bad seasons, but the program is building. That means that there is work going on up there."

Middle Tennessee: I really like Middle Tennessee because Coach McCray shows me a lot and he would also be my linebacker coach if I went there. I speak with Coach McCray a lot."

Western Michigan: Western Michigan has shown me a lot of attention and one of the coaches came down to speak to me on their bye week."

Wake Forest: I like Wake Forest and I say Wake forest because they are a good fit for me. I have a friend that picked Wake, so he tells me about them. They haven't offered yet, but they are interested."

One of those schools does stick out more than the others.

"Syracuse, they stand at the top. They are in my top three. If I had to pick three schools right now they would definitely be in my top three. If I had to pick two other schools at this time I would say Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State."

A few months ago when he was offered he did not know much about the Orange, but since the offer he has learned a lot more and he likes what he has found.

"Before they offered I did not know much about them. After the offer I had a chance to check them out and I like how the program is coming along and they work hard. If I go up there I know they will influence me to work because they are trying to bring something back that once was done. That is what we are trying to do down here at my high school as well. I also like the coaches Coach Shafer and Coach Conley I have good relationships with them."

The three star prospect talked about the Orange coaches that are looking after him.

"Coach Shafer, he is a real good guy. Every coach that I have talked to about him tells me the same thing and that is that he is a good guy. Rutgers offered me and my recruiting coach from there is Coach Fleck and he worked under Coach Shafer. He told me that Coach Shafer would be a real good coach if I picked Syracuse. The defensive back coach at my school also worked under Coach Shafer and he told me that he is a good coach. I have only been hearing good things about Coach Shafer."

"Coach Conley, I have talked with him as well, but with him it was more like about playing time and how I would work my way up the rotation. We also talked about his history and his time as a Syracuse linebacker.

Despite the high interest in the Orange a visit has not been taken or set up yet. The prospect and the coaching staff have however talked about when they would like to set up his visit.

"I have spoken with them about a visit and they told me that they would like me to come up later on after our season. They want me to come up with a couple of other Florida boys, like guys from around the area."

A decision from Washington was supposed to coming soon, but his plans have changed.

"I thought about making my decision during the season, but I am starting to believe that I will not do that."

For Washington recruiting is going well and so is his high school team's season.

"We are 3-1 and are only loss was to East St. Louis," Washington said. "Individually my season is going very good. I probably have around 25 tackles for the season, a forced fumble, four sacks, and four other tackles for a loss."

His tackle numbers are a bit low for what he wanted, but he is on track for most of the goals he set before the season started.

"I want to get up to triple digits in tackles, double digit sacks, and double digits in tackles for a loss. I started my season off kind of slow with the tackles. I think the sacks and tackles for loss I can get. With the way I started off on the tackles it is going to be hard, but I am just going have to step it up a notch."

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