Washington Gets Coveted Cougar Offer

Northridge High School safety Chris Washington was down at BYU on this week watching camp participants during BYU's non-padded camp. The 6-foot-2-inch, 195-pound safety joined good friend and Cougar commit Peni Maka'afi for the day's activities.

Considered the fifth-best safety in the Northwestern scouting region, Chris Washington was given his second scholarship offer last week when BYU expressed a desire to have him as part of the Cougar program.

"I was grinning from ear to ear," Washington said regarding the moment he received the scholarship offer from BYU. "It was pretty exciting. I was thinking, ‘Is this real or is this a joke?' It was really exciting for me because all the hard work that I've done for the past five years has finally paid off."

Washington, who is not LDS, now has offers from Utah and BYU.

"BYU is definitely at the top of my list," Washington said. "It's more than just in the mix, but is definitely one of my biggest options. I want to stay in Utah and stay close to home. They're obviously one of the great football programs in the country. No matter who you are, if you come to BYU you're going to like it."

Washington said he believes he could bring the type of values that Coach Mendenhall is looking for in a football player both on and off the field. Regardless of the fact that he is not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington is an athlete that Coach Mendenhall and his staff have evaluated on all levels and feel he could be a flag bearer for what the program stands for.

"I'm a hard worker and you can't really ask for much more than that on your football team," said Washington. "I mean, with BYU being a school that expects more from you in regards to being a good person and a good guy, you have to be more in order to come here. I believe I could bring both of those things to BYU, to this community and to this campus."

Close friend and teammate Peni Maka'afi has already committed to the Cougar staff. Since then, Washington has received some tips on where he should commit to play football at the next level.

"Yeah, [Maka'afi has] been saying some things, I'm not going to lie," said Washington with a laugh. "He's been telling me where I need to go, but he hasn't been real forceful about it, but he's definitely pushing me in BYU's direction."

Washington considers himself to be someone that can cover the field well in terms of defending against the pass. He also considers himself someone that can come up and give great run support.

"I'm not humongous or anything like that, but I can move well for my size," he said. "I can hit and love to hit. I can stand in the middle of the field and break on balls because I've got quick feet. BYU is looking at me to play the free safety position. The BYU coaches have told me that they think I'm a big guy that can hit."

Washington said he got the two offers he was working hardest towards in BYU and Utah. The Northridge safety said he plans on making a decision on where to sign soon.

"I'm not 100 percent sure, but I think I'm around 95 percent sure I'm going to make my decision within the next month," said Washington. "I know I want to stay in Utah, and I got the two offers that I wanted in BYU and Utah."

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