Last Friday, Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast wide receiver Jerad Washington attended the South Carolina Black Magic Camp and left Columbia impressed with the Gamecocks program.
Washington is new to the recruiting scene. He had a productive freshman season earning top offensive honors. The speedy wideout spent his sophomore year at Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha. Injuries and a ball control offense hindered any resemblance from his freshman campaign.
He has since transferred back to the Sunshine State and the move is starting to pay off. The Gamecocks offered him after he reportedly ran a 4.45 in the forty-yard dash.
How did the offer make him feel?
"I was shocked. It was exciting. The city was fun. The people were nice," replied an excited Washington. "The coaches were engaging. During the entire time they welcomed my whole family."
The 5-foot-8, 165-pounder said South Carolina is his leader and a commitment could come any day now. He calls former Gamecock and rookie Jacksonville Jaguars wideout, Ace Saunders, his favorite receiver.
However, growing up he was a bigLSU fan in large part because of their baseball program. He said, "At that time they had a great baseball team and football team." He plays outfield and plans to do both sports in college.
North Carolina is also showing interest according to Washington. Although he appears to be a strong lean to South Carolina and unless something drastic changes he will likely head to the SEC to continue his two-sport career.