Washington taking trips, has a leader

Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian four-star safety Nick Washington has been a regular on the road over the past year, checking out a number of colleges that have shown him interest. Over the past month, he made it onto two more campuses for visits.
"I went to Auburn and Florida State for Junior Days," Washington said. "I am going to Florida in two weeks, on February 18th."
The Rivals100 defensive back enjoyed his most recent visit to Auburn and talked about some of the things that help the Tigers to stand out.
"Me and Coach (Phillip) Lolley have a really good relationship," Washington said. "They have the nicest facilities, but every college has nice facilities. Coach (Gene) Chizik has a really good coaching staff and he is really down to earth. It is just a nice place there."
While at Florida State, the 6-foot, 180-pound athlete spent time with two different coaching staffs and learned more about both of the sports he loves.
"At Florida State they took me over to meet the baseball staff," Washington said. "I met with Coach (Mike) Martin and toured around the baseball facilities. That was really good."
For Washington, who plays both middle infield spots as well as center field, the chance to play on the diamond will weigh heavily into his decision.
"Florida, Florida State, and Clemson are all recruiting me for both sports," Washington said. "It is very important to me that schools recruit me for both because I definitely want to do both when I go to college."
The defensive back has already narrowed his list of nearly 20 offers down to a more manageable number.
"My list is narrowed to like a top six, that is about it," Washington said. "Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Alabama, South Carolina and Clemson are the six. They aren't in any order."
While he says they are not in any kind of order, one school is clearly on top for his services.
"Florida is my leader," Washington said. "It is just every time I visit there I feel different. They are good at both sports. It is a good environment to play in. I just really like it down there."
Washington said that while the Gators lead for his services, it is unlikely he makes a decision while on his upcoming Junior Day visit. He said he intends to take his time before making a final decision.