Hearing from UNT was a bit of a surprise for Brazoswood athlete Keith Washington. The high school quarterback is being recruited as an athlete by schools from across the country and was already well into the recruiting process when he fielded a call from UNT recruiting coordinator Mike Grant in the last few days.
UNT quickly joined the chase for Washington’s commitment that already includes Duke, North Carolina, Louisiana-Lafayette, South Florida, Northwestern, Miami and Hawaii — schools that have all offered Washington a scholarship.
“It was a surprise to hear from North Texas,” Washington said. “I have not been there. I plan on taking a visit there sometime soon.
“I haven’t really had time to get to know the school well, but I can tell that it has an excellent program and fans after hearing from the ones that have followed me on Twitter.”
UNT is entering the race for Washington, a three-star athlete, a bit late considering the timeline he has laid out for making a decision on his college destination.
“I am going to make my decision sometime in July,” Washington said. “I have talked to a couple of guys who have been through the recruiting process and they say it is a big relief to get it done before the season starts.”
Washington said he remains open to all the programs that are recruiting him at this point.
He has already visited Northwestern and went to Louisiana-Lafayette’s junior day.
Several top academic institutions are interested in Washington because of his rare combination of athletic and academic ability. Washington has a 3.8 GPA and said that the idea of attending a top academic school is an intriguing one.
While academics are important to Washington, the overall package a school provides will be the deciding factor.
“The main thing I am looking for is the feeling I get on campus and my relationship with the coaches,” Washington said.
UNT could have a chance to build that relationship late this summer, when Washington plans on making a trip to Denton.
Mean Green blog recruiting series
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LB Angelo Garbutt, Lewisville Hebron
LB Clay Holford, Lewisville Hebron
ATH Billy McCrary, Leander Rouse
QB Chris Riddle, University Christian, Jacksonville, Fla.
CB Nafees Lyon, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek
DL Carl Thompson, Guyer
OL Beau Hott, Plano
WR Akile Davis, DeSoto
ATH Jonathan Giles, Fort Bend Elkins
OL Clayton Woods, Highland Park
DL Keenan Kelly, Cedar Grove, Ga.