Washington “likes everything” about the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators hosted their annual Orange and Blue spring game on Saturday in the Swamp and several top targets for the Gators were in town.

Tight end Darnell Washington (6-7, 248, Las Vegas, NV. Desert Pines) was one of those guys in town on Saturday for the spring game.

“Just seeing how they came out and played for a spring game,” Washington said on what stood out to him on Saturday. “They played fast and physical just like in the SEC.”

Saturday was Washington’s first trip to Gainesville and a few factors went into why the tight end wanted to visit Florida for the game.

“It was because it was spring break and I haven’t seen Florida so I wanted to come see Florida,” he said on setting this trip up to Gainesville. “I want to see schools that I haven’t seen before so I can make the right decision.”

Washington watched the tight end position closely on Saturday and he likes the different way the Gators use that position.

“The tight ends here are talented,” Washington said of Florida’s tight ends. “I just like how they use their guys, not just hands in the dirt but h-back or out wide to create mismatches.”

The tight end has over 30 offers already and several SEC schools are recruiting him hard and doing a good job of recruiting Washington

“Georgia, Tennessee, here [Florida], like SEC schools,” he said on schools recruiting him hard. “They just text me on the daily basis, never forget about me, they check in on me. Just the connection and the relationship I have with them.”

After Saturday’s visit Washington had high praise for the Gators as the tight end will continue to see more of Gainesville this weekend on his visit.

“I just like everything about this place [Florida],” Washington said on his thoughts on Florida following the visit. “I could relate to some of the players here.”


INSIDERS TAKE: Washington will be in Gainesville until either late Sunday or Monday before he visits Miami and then Alabama before returning home.

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 Rivals.com, 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.