BYU Coaches Taking Closer Look At Utah DB

One can never have enough good defensive backs, especially at BYU and in the pass-happy Mountain West Conference. Coach Mendenhall and his staff are taking a closer look at safety Chris Washington out of Northridge High School.

Along with BYU recruits Xavier Su'afilo, Richard Wilson, Tui Crichton and Latu Hemuli, 6-foot-2-inch, 195-pound safety Chris Washington was at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday to watch the Cougars perform during BYU's annual Blue and White Game.

"There are a lot of big boys out there," said Washington. "You can tell there was a lot of good competition out there on the field."

Washington came down to Provo a few days prior to the Blue and White Game to speak with the coaches at BYU. It appears that Coach Mendenhall and his staff want to know more fully if Washington is a fit for the program.

BYU's coaches have been evaluating all aspects of Washington - his character, academics and football ability - an evaluation process that's one of the more extensive recruiting processes of any college program.

"They're mostly going over honor code stuff with me and pretty much why I would want to be there," said Washington. "They've given me the rundown on what it takes in order to be there, and also what types of things I have to do while I am there."

Despite having yet to receive an offer from the Cougar coaching staff, Washington currently favors BYU.

"I like it there," Washington said of BYU. "They're definitely recruiting me the hardest, so BYU is definitely on the top of my list. No one has shown me as much interest as BYU has. I've received letters from Oregon State, Arizona State and places like that, but BYU has done more and has shown more interest in me for sure."

Throughout the recruiting process, Washington has had the opportunity to meet many coaches from various college football programs. However, there is one coaching staff that has stood out to him most of all.

"I definitely love the coaching staff at BYU," said Washington. "I've met a few coaches from different schools and BYU's coaching staff is definitely my favorite. They're all very friendly, and on top of that you can just tell they really know what they are doing. Anyone can see that this staff is definitely getting the job done."

Over the summer, Washington will be looking to showcase his abilities on the field in the hopes that he can secure one of the few coveted remaining scholarships.

"Yeah, I'll definitely be at BYU's summer camp this year," Washington said. "I'll also be out here for Junior Days and anything else they have here as much as I can. Like I said, I like it here at BYU."

Chris Washington's 2007 highlight film can be seen at

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