January 24, 2011

Washington solid after visit

Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Marshall athlete DeAndre Washington was in Lubbock over the weekend for an official visit to Texas Tech. The 2011 commit has been pursued by Oklahoma State lately, including an official visit to Stillwater last week, but it appears that a trip to the South Plains solidified Washington's place with the Red Raiders.

"For the most part this visit just reinforced what I already knew," Washington said. "This is going to be my home for the next four years and I just felt more comfortable about that after the visit. I loved everything I saw and I love everything about Texas Tech."

Washington said that he was able to get an in-depth tour of the campus and facilities, as well as checking out the academic side of things (he's hoping to be a kinesiology major). The most important part of the trip, however, was the time spent with his future teammates.

"Really the whole time it was about bonding with the other commits that were there and just continuing to lay the base for what we hope will be the most successful class in Tech's history," he said. "We've come a long way together through this process and we've just kept growing closer to being a family. So it was a real cool weekend. We just relaxed with each other and had a good time in Lubbock."

The 5-foot-9, 183-pounder was hosted by Eric Stephens, and Washington hopes to use the sophomore running back as a mentor in the future.

"Eric Stephens was my host and he's really cool cat. I've gotten to know him a little bit since giving them my commitment and I'm looking forward to being around him for the next few years we'll have together," he said. "He's already been through a few battles in his young career and he's a guy I can learn a lot from. I glad to have the chance to be around him and pick up some things he's learned from his time in the Big 12."

Washington indicated that his visits have more than likely come to an end, with only a "not set in stone" trip to Colorado still lingering. Either way, the recent push by Oklahoma State for Washington's services looks to have not been enough to overwhelm what he knew he had in Lubbock all along.

"There were some nice things about Oklahoma State, but I found a family in Lubbock and that goes from the coaching staff down through the entire roster," he said. "They're all on the same page and part of that bigger picture. Texas Tech is going to be home and there's no other place that fits me, and gives me a better chance to succeed. I'm a Red Raider."

Washington committed to Tech in August over offers from Arizona, Baylor, Boise State, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas State, Louisville, Memphis, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Vanderbilt, and West Virginia.

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