New name emerges at D-Tackle

Lorenzo Washington is a new name to recruiting fans, but he is very well known in college circles as he has picked up nearly a dozen offers this spring.

At 6-5 and 275 pounds, Washington plays defensive end for upstart Grayson High School in Loganville, but he is likely to be a tackle on the next level, whether it be defensive or offensive.

"I just turned 16 in December," said Washington. "I started school out in California, so I'm a year ahead here right now. I play defensive end, tight end, and offensive line, but I really like defensive end the most."

When I told him that 6-5 and 275 pound 16 year olds don't end up playing defensive end in college, Washington grudgingly knew that to be the case.

"Yeah, I know, but I really want to stay on defense at least," Washington added with a laugh. "Some of the schools are recruiting me to play defense or offense.

"I've gotten offers from Ole Miss, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Duke, ECU, Western Carolina, North Carolina, MTSU, and UTC so far."

Good news for Alabama fans, Washington apparently has the Crimson Tide in his sights. "I'm really starting to like Alabama," he related. "Our head coach went to Alabama, and they finished in the Top 4 in defense last year when they weren't even bowl eligible."

Keeping his options open, Washington is interested in other schools as well. "My family is from Ohio, and my dad played at Ohio State, so they're right there too," Washington said. "I also kind of like Georgia, but they don't need defensive linemen the way the other schools that are recruiting me do. Duke is another team I am looking at. I like the way they are rebuilding their team, and I love their academics. I like South Carolina too, I like the way they play defense. I'm also looking at Maryland. If I were to play for them, the ACC passes a lot, and I like to get after the quarterback."

Washington is an excellent student who will have no trouble qualifying.

He helped lead Grayson High School to the playoffs last season in just the school's third year of existence. Grayson and its big defensive lineman will definitely be on the visit lists for schools across the country this Fall.

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