Prior to the start of his freshman high school season, Huntersville (N.C.) Southlake Christian Academy running back Robert Washington felt good enough about Mississippi State that he pulled the trigger on a commitment.
But after spending time over the summer touring the country, Washington backed off that pledge and now said he's taking the process slowly.
Over the weekend he visited Duke for the Blue Devils game against North Carolina Central and came away impressed.
"Duke had a great showing," Washington said of the school's 45-0 victory. "They dominated a team they were supposed to."
Washington paid close attention to the way the Blue Devils used their running backs.
"The run game was very impressive," he said. "They do a good job of rotating the running backs so they stay fresh. I spoke with the running backs coach and he was cool. It was my first time meeting him so we'll see if the relationship grows."
Washington has offers from several schools, including UCLA, North Carolina, and N.C. State, but said he's working on staying patient.
"I'm taking my time with the recruiting process," he said. "I want to take visits and build relationships. I will have a solid top 10 going into my junior year and focus on them."
On Washington's list for visits this season are Vanderbilt (Sept. 7), Michigan (Sept. 14), Georgia (Sept. 21) and North Carolina (Sept. 28).
While he's not sure of his future school, Washington said he's sure he won't make a commitment again until he's 100 percent sure of his choice.
"When I commit this time I want it to be a done deal," he said. "I plan to do that at some point during or after my junior year."