CAMP VIDEO: Hot Rod
BERKELEY -- Despite missing all of last season following his transfer from Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd to El Cerrito(Calif.), Rodney Washington has started to see some marked recruiting attention as of late, with California, UCLA, USC and Oregon State showing interest.
Washington spent the first day of Cal's camp on Friday splitting time between offense – where he played receiver and running back – and offense, playing both safety and cornerback.
"That's what I do to get my team to victory," said Washington, who will be the Gauchos' starting tailback this season.
As a receiver, Washington had two big grabs during the second seven-on-seven session at night, and showed off his plus athleticism. Coaches have said that he's "just a football player," and that with an athlete like him, a school just hopes to sign him and let the chips fall where they may, position-wise.
"All the coaches who have seen me as a running back, they never knew I was that shifty," Washington said. "They haven't seen me as a receiver, so I'm looking forward to this season, showing what I've got."
This coming season, Washington will play running back, outside receiver and slot receiver.
"Of course, whatever it takes," Washington said. "I'll do everything to get this team to state. Since I was six, I've been used to it, having to play both sides, everything."
His favorite position, though, is cornerback.
"I like shutting people down," Washington said. "I like to get them mad."
Washington, one month ago, shut down his good friend, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill corner Isaiah Langley, during the NFTC in Hayward, Calif., and wants to do it again when the two squads scrimmage in late August, a scrimmage that Langley and Washington helped to orchestrate. Langley, as it so happens, was at camp, not as a participant, but as an observer. Langley began his ascension to 32 offers at this time last year, following this very camp, and said that he'll reveal his final schools on the day he announces his decision at The Opening in July, but one school – Cal – is "definitely" one of them, and the only one he's willing to let out of the bag at this point.
"I can't wait," Washington said. "My big bro, Isaiah, we've been talking about it for a long time, so me and Langley, we're going to be going at it, him at receiver, me at receiver, him at DB, me at DB. It's going to be a good game. Hopefully people come out and watch it. It's going to be a fun game."
That game will happen on August 20, at 6 p.m.
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