Speedy Florida receiver commits to Gamecocks for 2015

July 28, 2013 

Jerad Washington

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South Carolina has picked up commitment No. 5 for the 2015 class in wide receiver Jerad Washington of Jacksonville, Fla.

Washington announced his commitment via Twitter Sunday morning.

Washington (5-9, 165) was offered by the Gamecocks at their camp about a month ago, and he and his parents came in Friday for the Black Magic camp to meet with Steve Spurrier and Steve Spurrier Jr.

"I caught coach Spurrier Jr.'s eye and he took a chance on me," said Washington, who compares himself to former Gamecock star receiver Ace Sanders. "I try to play like him. Coach Spurrier (Jr.) said I run very good routes from the slot position."

Washington, who runs a 4.3 in the 40-yard dash, played his freshman season for Nease High in St. Augustine. He caught 67 passes for 790 yards and five touchdowns. His family moved to Maryland last season and he played his sophomore season there, but they decided to move back to the Jacksonville area for this year.

Washington's father, Reggie, left little doubt the family is all for Jerad being a Gamecock.

"Steve Spurrier has been none of my favorite coaches," he said. "I'm a Gator. But after visiting that school (USC) and that campus, that's where he's going. We met with Coach Spurrier Jr. and he said if we were serious about coming, we want him."

Jerad Washington also plays baseball for First Coast High, where he is coached by former Florida quarterback and Spurrier disciple Shane Matthews.

He is not yet rated by any of the recruiting networks.

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