LSU commit Washington leaves Florida impressed

Florida hasn’t had much luck in the state of Louisiana in regards to landing prospects but last year the Gators broke the ice and landed Gerald Willis from Edna Karr High School. Florida is trying to double down on Louisiana and this year the Gators are going back into the state again.

Not only are they going back into the state but they are going back to Edna Karr High School to recruit defensive end Isaiah Washington (6-4, 225, New Orleans, LA Edna Karr) who visited Gainesville on Saturday.

“It was a great experience, I loved it down there,” Washington said. “It exceeded my expectations of the visit. I got to tour the campus, meet some of the players and watch some of the scrimmage before it started raining. I got to talk to all of the coaches. It was good.”

The LSU defensive end commit enjoyed watching the Gators go through a spring scrimmage even though it was cut short due to rain.

“The facilities are top notch there,” Washington said. “The scrimmage was good too, even though it rained. The defense was flying around and they are fast and physical boys out there. They are going to be good next year on defense.”

After the scrimmage was over Washington had the chance to sit down with defensive line coach Brad Lawing who talked to him about what it would be like if he chooses to be a Gator.

“Coach Lawing said if you come here and work hard and that he would play me because he needs me,” Washington said. “He was telling me that Florida is a great place to come because the defense is always good and that I would be one of the last players that he ever coaches.”

After talking with Lawing, Washington had the chance to talk with Will Muschamp who told the defensive end he was a wanted man in Gainesville.

“Coach Muschamp was telling that he was glad that I made the trip down to visit,” Washington said. “He said that he came to one of my games last year and he watched me and he was very impressed by what I could do and that he would be glad if I became a Gator.”

Despite the great visit to Florida Washington says he remains solid in his commitment to the home state Tigers.

“I’m still committed to LSU but this moves Florida up there behind LSU,” Washington said.

When Washington was asked what it would take for Florida to overtake LSU he responded with “Who knows what it will take,” Washington said. “They might have already did.”

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.