Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian junior safety Nick Washington is familiar with Florida. The talented defensive back has been on campus numerous times in recent months, most recently for the game against Alabama.
Prior to the game, Washington spoke briefly with Florida defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson but said that the visit was more about enjoying a game. Despite the loss for the home team, Washington left impressed.
"I thought it was great," Washington said. "Even though they lost, it was really good."
Washington had visited Florida earlier in the season, when the Gators hosted Alabama-Birmingham. His visit on Saturday evening was vastly different.
"It was a lot different this time," Washington said. "They were a lot more hyped. It was really crazy. The stands were absolutely packed. I thought it was great, it was so crazy. The environment definitely makes you want to play a game at 'The Swamp'."
Washington, who has previously visited Florida State and Clemson as well this season, said the atmosphere at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium was equal to what he experienced at Clemson when the Tigers hosted Florida State.
As for the game itself, Washington shared a similar assessment to many other onlookers.
"They did good the first quarter but after that they went downhill," Washington said. "They just struggled with how physical Alabama was. It wore them down."
While the Gators struggled to slow down the Crimson Tide, Washington said he felt the young secondary performed admirably on the evening.
"Nobody really got bombed on or anything," Washington said. "I thought they did well. They did fine."
While he praised their play, he was quick to respond that he sees a need for a player of his ability in that secondary.
Washington, who holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Liberty, Miami, Notre Dame, South Carolina, UCF, Vanderbilt, and Virginia, said he isn't ready to name a leader or any favorites.
"I am not sure yet," Washington said when asked if he had any favorites. "Florida has definitely made a good impression with me though."
At this time, Washington has no upcoming visits planned. He said it is a possibility that he returns to Florida when the Gators host in-state rival Florida State in late November.