Orange County's Chris Washington (center) signs his National Letter of Intent to play football at Alderson Broaddus University on Wednesday in Orange.

Chris Washington was instant offense for Orange County’s football team as both a receiver and return man.

The Hornets’ senior standout plans to provide a similar spark next fall for Alderson Broaddus University.

Washington signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday morning to join the Battlers program next fall during a ceremony in front of coaches and teammates in the Hornets’ field house.

“They have a great atmosphere and just a family type of place I can see myself [being] a part of,” Washington said.

Washington had a sensational senior campaign for the Hornets last fall, finishing as an all-district performer at wide receiver and kick returner.

As a receiver, Washington led the team with 28 receptions for 481 yards and five touchdowns. On special teams, he averaged 25.5 yards on kick returns and scored two touchdowns. Washington also had 43 carries for 301 yards and a score as a rushing complement to Jaylen Alexander.

That versatility was a selling point for Alderson Broaddus, which plans to use Washington as a slot back, where they can move him around the field.

Washington leaves the Hornets’ program with very fond memories, especially the pregame moments in the locker room with all of his teammates. Washington plans to major in sports medicine.

“It means everything to me to have a chance to play football again,” Washington said. “I can’t thank the Lord himself enough times to show how grateful I am of this opportunity.”

John Harvey covers Central Virginia high school sports for The Daily Progress and CVille Varsity. He can be reached at jharvey@dailyprogress.com or (434) 978-7250. Follow him on Twitter at @JohnNHarveyIII

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