One of the expected visitors for Texas A&M's season-opening showdown with Florida who wasn't able to make the trip was Westlake (La.) High School junior tight end Jacory Washington.
And though he wasn't present for the festivities, Washington said he likes the Aggies, who are one of a dozen schools that have offered scholarships.
"I really like the Aggies," Washington said. "There's no top five because I'm keeping everything open. But they have a really nice coaching staff. I like all the coaches and we hit it off real well. Real, real nice facilities. Great fan base, just an all-around great program."
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Washington, who is being recruited by Texas A&M defensive line coach Terry Price and receivers coach David Beaty, has an offer list that includes fellow Southeastern Conference schools Alabama, Arkansas and LSU.
Washington said he is flattered by the recruiting attention he has received thus far.
"It's just a blessing," he said. "I just know that all my hard work is finally starting to pay off. I've just got to take advantage of it and keep pushing until I get to the next level."
He said his relationship with Price and Beaty is "great" and that he calls them weekly. Some schools are recruiting him as a tight end, others as receiver. The Aggies fall into the latter category.
Washington and his Westlake teammates opened the season with a win over Abbeville (La.) High last week and Washington has just been focused on getting better.
"I've been catching a lot of balls outside of practice, doing a lot of conditioning, just pushing to become a great player," Washington said. "We're looking real good (as a team). We got a new coach, a new offense, so we're getting acclimated to everything."
He said he plans to catch several college games this season, but he's not sure which ones quite yet.
"I'm not sure," he said. "I'm going to catch a lot of games this season but I'm not sure."