Tar Heels pick up first new football recruit

Staff WriterAugust 11, 2011 

Kannapolis A.L. Brown football player Damien Washington was not fazed by the turmoil surrounding the University of North Carolina program and has committed to the Tar Heels.

First-year A.L. Brown coach Mike Newsome said Washington obviously is aware of the changes and uncertainty at North Carolina after coach Butch Davis' firing July 27 but was ready to commit quickly after receiving a scholarship offer. Washington plays slot receiver and running back for A.L. Brown and is 6-foot-2, 190 pounds.

Newsome said Washington has always wanted to play at North Carolina. He is the first player known to have given a new commitment (as opposed to re-affirming an existing commitment) to the Tar Heels and interim coach Everett Withers since Davis was fired.

"Kids are resilient," Newsome said Wednesday. "They don't always look at the probation stuff and all that. That's where the kid wanted to go."

Although Washington did not have any other Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship offers, Newsome suspects that he would have received at least one more offer later in the recruiting calendar.

He said Washington's versatility is his strength; he's a natural receiver or running back who can play several positions, Newsome said.

"He's a lot of different things," Newsome said. "He also can play defense. I think Carolina thinks he can come in and play corner or safety for them because he's so athletic."

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