Jerad Washington saw what he needed to see and heard what he needed to hear when he visited South Carolina on July 26.
Washington, a class of 2015 wide receiver from First Coast High in Jacksonville, Fla., visited during the Gamecocks' Black Magic camp and committed to USC the same day.
The 5-foot-8, 165-pound Washington plays slot and outside receiver, plus kick and punt return, in high school. He is not yet rated by any of the major networks and projects as a slot receiver in college.
Washington's teammate Sherrod Pittman, a class of 2015 linebacker, committed to the Gamecocks a few days later. They are among the six players committed to USC as juniors.
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North Carolina has also shown interest in Washington, who was recruited for the Gamecocks by Steve Spurrier Jr. Former Gamecock Shaq Wilson also attended First Coast High.
Why South Carolina?
I love Steve Spurrier Jr. I really like the stadium. I like the way the locker room was laid out. I liked the campus. The football team was real organized. The strength and conditioning coach knew what he was doing. The program is progressing and seems like it gets better every day.
Why commit now, as a junior?
So I can walk into my senior year without any worrying about which school to go to. And I just liked South Carolina right then and there. What really made me commit is, Spurrier is not only my recruiter but he'll be my position coach as well. Having a good relationship with him was a big part of me committing then.
What do you like about Spurrier Jr.?
He has a great personality. He's a live guy. He really knows what he's talking about. The way he teaches you, breaks in and out of your routes, and the small things he helps you with.
How excited were you when Sherrod committed, and did you know that was coming?
Extremely excited. I had no idea at all. We can't wait to be teammates for four more years and maybe be roommates. Let's just have a great year this year and our senior year. We're both 2015s.
What do you like most about playing receiver?
The one-on-one matchups, the connection you get with your quarterback, the route tree and the way they use you in the system that we run.
What are your strengths?
I run great routes. I'm very quick. I have a high football IQ. Good hands.
How fast are you in the 40-yard dash?
I run a 4.45.
Someone compared you to Ace Sanders. Who made that comparison?
A reporter down from the camp we were at made that comparison. Ace Sanders is one of my role models, so I loved it.
What about Ace makes him a role model?
His lateral movements, what he did at punt return and the way they used him in the offense is the same way I'm getting used in First Coast's offense.
What are your goals for areas of improvement?
I want to learn how to study film better, gain a little more weight, cut down on my 40 time and be an overall better football player.
What about recruiting - is it over?
I haven't heard from any schools yet, but I may take more visits.