Florida OLB Will Decide Before Fall

Duke and Winter Park (Fla.) High have been connected for quite a while thanks to the recruitment of Austin Rivers. But in 2012 the Blue Devils are recruiting a football standout as well.

"I have offers from Duke, Cincinnati, Illinois, Iowa State, Chattanooga, and Florida International," said Winter Park (Fla.) standout James Washington. "Right now I am also hearing from schools like South Carolina, Wisconsin, and some others. I'm just taking it all in."

At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Washington plays on the defensive line at the high school level, but will likely play outside linebacker when he arrives on a campus of his choosing next season. Still, with his hand on the ground he's been very productive. As a junior he got to the opposing quarterback a remarkable 16 times in 12 games.

The Blue Devils have always coveted speed and athleticism under head coach David Cutcliffe. So it makes sense that the program would have jumped in very early with Washington.

"They offered me really early on, before anyone else. I haven't visited the campus yet, but will try to make an official visit. I like what they have to offer since they are one of the top academic schools in the country and they are in a big conference and seem to be improving."

Washington added that he hopes to have a decision made before his senior season begins, which means this summer is very important for him.

"At this point my top give is pretty much the schools who have offered - Duke, FIU, Chattanooga, Iowa State, and Illinois. I want to visit each of these schools and see what they have to say and how I fit in with the coaches and players. After that I want to go ahead and get [my commitment] out of the way and focus on my senior year."

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