"I was talking to Coach Miles and he was telling me how they wanted to use me in their offense," said Washington, who likes to line up anywhere from tight end to slot - to split out wide in trips.
"It just felt right. I wasn't going into the weekend planning to commit. I even surprised my step-father; he didn't know, either."
Washington felt the itch and sought out LSU TEs coach Steve Ensminger.
"I stopped and talked to Coach Ensminger and told him I wanted to commit," Washington said. "He was shocked. He told me to stay right there - and don't move.
"I talked to Coach Miles and he was excited."
Washington knows he is making an early verbal commitment and wants everyone to be clear on his intentions.
"I'm still going to take all my visits," he said. "If there's an early visit period in the new NCAA rules, I'm going to visit Texas A&M and I'm going to keep in touch with Coach (Nick) Saban."
Washington suits up for the Westlake Rams, a southwest Louisiana program that produced LSU and NFL TE David LaFleur in the 1990s.