On a team loaded with major college football prospects, it's easy to pick Washington out of the crowd. At 6-3, 280, he anchors the left side of the powerful Raider offensive line with his quick feet and feel for the game. A strong player who bench presses 350 pounds and runs the 40 yard dash in 5.1 seconds, Washington brings a blend of physical attributes that has schools from near and far vying for his services.
While many have tried to get in on the sweepstakes, Washington says he's got three favorites at this time and all hail from differing southern states. "I would say my top picks are probably Auburn, Georgia and North Carolina State," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers..
A visitor to the Plains starting with a Junior Day visit last fall and including summer camp and a scrimmage visits during two-a-days, Washington has had plenty of time to get a feel for the Auburn program and the big left tackle said he likes what he has seen. "I like the town," Washington says of Auburn. "A small town, kind of a big family. When I went around there I liked the campus, it's a nice little campus.
"The coaches are real nice, they're real. They get along with you good and they will actually stop and talk to you. The players, they all seem like they're real good friends, just one big happy family. And I love the fans."
A starter for the last two seasons for the powerful Shaw program, Washington and his teammates hope to repeat the undefeated state championship run from a year ago when current Auburn freshman defensive back Antarrious Williams led the Raiders to a perfect 15-0 season. With as many as 12 seniors who are possible recruits for schools, it's no surprise that Washington feels like this year's team could repeat the feat from just one season ago and they are off to a good start with a 3-0 record on the 2001 campaign.
"I believe we're better because of the fact that we have more seniors and there is more leadership on the team," he says of Shaw this season. "We're just more experienced all together."
Already with qualifying scores on both the ACT and SAT, Washington says all he now has to do is keep doing good in school in order to be qualified for next season. A player who many say just gets better every time he takes the field, Washington notes that he has some simple goals in mind when he gets out of bed every morning.
"Just to get faster, stronger and just get better as each game goes by," are the things he says he works on every day. "Not worry about championships, just worry about the next game, keep my mind set on playing as well as I can and getting good grades."
With goals like that, it's no wonder that Washington will have his choice of schools to attend when the time comes to sign the dotted line in February.
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One of the many players coming out of Shaw that has college coaches beating down the trails to Columbus is cornerback Brandon Williams. A 6-1, 195 pound speedster who uses his size and speed to shut down opponents, Williams is considered one of the top players in the state of Georgia for the 2002 recruiting class.