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MSU collects 2016 commitment

On Sunday morning, 2016 prospect Robert Washington decided he couldn't wait any longer. That's when the 5-foot-10 and 180-pound running back picked up the phone and made his college decision public and committed to Mississippi State.

Washington rushed for 2,512 yards and 28 touchdowns during his sophomore season.

Washington also had an offer from Ole Miss and interest from North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and West Virginia among many others.

"I was just talking to my family today and looking at (MSU's) campus and major online again," said Washington. "I told them I was going to do it next weekend but today I wanted to go ahead and commit. My family said it was my decision so I called (MSU assistant) Coach (Tim) Brewster and Coach (Greg) Knox and told them. I said I know where I want to be and that's at Mississippi State. Now me and my family will be very happy going there next weekend to watch them beat Arkansas."

This past season Washington led Southlake Christian Academy (Huntersville, N.C.) to the state title game. He rushed for over 1,100 yards with 13 touchdowns and just like he was, Washington said the MSU coaches were pleased with the news.

"Coach Brewster said he was happy to have me and Mississippi State was very happy," said Washington. "Coach Knox said I was one of the top players in the 2016 class and they were happy to already get me on board and committed. He said it was very important for the program."

Washington said he has known for awhile that the Bulldogs were his leader and talked of why he committed at such an early age.

"I've always liked Mississippi State and it's awesome for me," said Washington. "When I got the offer I wanted to jump and it was big for my career so I decided to go ahead and commit. I've known for awhile that Mississippi State was the right fit for me. I like the campus and family atmosphere and how their players conduct themselves off the field and in the class room.

"I did commit early but I did so because I wanted to get it out of the way. Now I can just focus on football and focus on academics."

And having the chance to help the Bulldogs compete on a higher level in the SEC also caught his attention.

Robert Washington Team USA 2012

"This year when you look at those early BCS polls, you see Mississippi State up there," said Washington. "You can see they are starting to compete with the best in the SEC. That caught my eye and I just want to help them keep it up when I get there."

Washington concluded his freshmen season over the weekend with a loss in the state title game. And now that he knows his college future, he said the work to keep getting better starts this week.

"We barely lost in the final seconds in the state championship game," said Washington. "I don't want to endure that feeling ever again. So I start tomorrow working on getting stronger and faster and better to help our team win it all next year."

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