Standout Richland Northeast LB Chaz Washington has been on the sidelines for the past four games with a broken toe. While he hasn't been on the field for a few weeks that hasn't stopped college programs from continuing their interest in the talented senior prospect.
Washington talked with SCPrepNation.com about his injury and gave us an update on his recruitment as well.
"I've broken my middle toe and I’ve been out for about 4 weeks and I expect to be out 2 more weeks and should be able to come back during the Dutch Fork, Sumter, Spring Valley games."
Being such a fierce competitor Washington learned that he had been playing with a stress fracture all season and actually realized it was broken against Blythewood. Still Washington tried to re-enter the game against the Bengals but doctors finally forced him to sit. Having to sit out has been tough on the RNE star. "It’s been very tough, knowing that I can really contribute to the team, knowing that there’s a lot of people watching, scouts and reporters, with everybody knowing I'm trying to make a statement during my senior year. First when I hurt it I didn’t know if it was going to be the end of my season, sometimes it brought tears to my eyes not being able to get out there and help. I’ve been helping my teammates from the sidelines reading the offense and seeing things they aren’t able to. That’s what I’ve been doing along with working very hard in the classroom and getting some tutoring for the ACT and SAT."
His list of schools has changed slightly since we last spoke with him and he shared that list with us. "I’ve been talking to MTSU, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia, North Carolina, Clemson, Vanderbilt, and a couple of small schools. They’re saying the same thing and what not, to come up and watch some games, meet with my position coach and that kind of thing."
Washington in fact is currently on a visit to Middle Tennessee State University to watch them take on the Virginia Cavaliers. Both programs are recruiting Washington so he thought it'd be a great opportunity to see both teams in action against one another.
The Volunteers of Tennessee remain near the top of the list for Washington. He says that they along with MTSU and Louisville call him the most. When it comes to contact via mail he says that North Carolina and Louisville lead the charge.
Washington talked about today's visit and one to see Clemson as well. "I took a visit to Clemson vs FSU, I've visited USC, and this now I’m at MTSU-Virginia. Oh yeah I’m looking forward to this visit. It’s a small D1 school but I’m not overlooking that….I’m looking forward to the game and meeting the coaches and seeing what they have to offer. Seeing their surroundings and academic program…I’m really looking forward to it."
We all know what a standout Washington is on the football field but this injury has put some of his focus on his work in the classroom. With a qualifying score on the ACT or SAT he says he should land those offers he's been waiting on for so long. "I’ve been getting tutoring after lunch and school to try and keep my academics in order. I’m either tutoring or in the weight room. It (broken toe) was a freak accident and I couldn’t control it…once I get back on the field I want to come back out there stronger than ever. For now though I'll continue to lift weights and study with a vengeance."
SCPrepNation.com will have more with Washington once he returns from his visit to MTSU so stay tuned.
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