Border war shaping up

With Alabama clearly in need of several talented defensive linemen, Loganville, Georgia's Lorenzo Washington remains a top Tide target.

A 6-5, 275-pound defensive lineman, Lorenzo Washington can probably play any line position, but most scouts project him at defensive tackle.

Washington camped at Alabama this summer. Both he and his mother fell in love with the Tide campus, which has kept Bama in the battle despite Georgia's home-state edge.

"I still like Alabama a lot," Washington told in a recent interview.

Washington also attended camps at Georgia, MTSU, South Carolina and Ohio State. Washington's father played for the Buckeyes. He told recruiting expert Chris Pool last week that "Ohio State hasn't offered me yet, but they're the only school among my favorites that hasn't offered."

He grew up in San Diego, and Washington moved to Georgia from Virginia. So home-state ties aren't as important in his situation.

Washington attended Alabama's mini-camp this summer.

A young player (he only turned 16 last December), Washington is being recruited by Tide Defensive Ends Coach Paul Randolph. "Coach Randolph and I have great conversations," Washington said. "I can talk with him about more than football."

Given his youth and the obvious potential that he will grow even bigger, Washington is an intriguing prospect. He's a strong, athletic player that has already qualified academically through the Clearinghouse.

Washington told that he lists Alabama and Georgia as his front runners, followed by Ohio State, Auburn, South Carolina, Maryland, Cincinnati and Duke.

"Besides Alabama, I like Georgia also," Washington said. "It will be a tough decision."

RECRUITING NOTE: Washington's commitment would go a long way toward building the outstanding signing class Bama badly needs. A potential three-, even four-year starter, Washington should anchor someone's line for years to come.

With the Bulldogs riding high, it's tough for any school to go into Georgia and sign a top prospect. But Coach Randolph is highly regarded as a recruiter and there is clearly the opportunity for early playing time with the Tide--factors that keep Bama in it.

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