In Depth with Jabriel Washington

One of the top cover corners in the Southeast for the class of 2011 is Trinity Christian Academy superstar Jabriel Washington from Jackson (TN). He is 5-11 and 165-pounds with 4.5 speed but the last time he was clocked was two years ago in the rain at the NUC combine in Memphis. He has a bench press of 230-pounds and a squat of 27-pounds six times.

Jabriel Washington has written offers from more than 15 schools, including some of the nation's top programs.

"My top five of teams that have offered are Tennessee, Georgia, LSU, Vandy and Georgia Tech. Primarily I would like to stay in the SEC or ACC. California would be next. I have visited Tennessee, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Vandy. I will visit LSU on October 10. I plan to go to Ohio State sometime this year. I was scheduled to go this weekend but we could not make it work. My dad may take me to California on spring break if I want to go."

Washington could play a number of different positions at the next level but says at Florida he could play slot or the corner position. He has played quarterback, wide receiver, corner, free safety and kick return. Currently for Trinity Christian Academy he plays quarterback, free safety, punt and kick return.

His favorite team growing up was Georgia with his favorite players being Knoshown Moreno, Percy Harvin and LaDainian Tomlinson.

Washington and his family had a chance to visit Florida on a couple of occasions the most recent for Friday Night Lights.

"I got to know Coach Bedford some this spring. I attended a position meeting with Coach Gonzales, my dad went to cornerback meeting. I spoke with Coach Myer in his office and at Friday Night Lights in July. Florida has an exciting style of play and has been very successful. It would be a privilege to be considered to play there. My family would be supportive of me if I became a Gator."

Washington is coming off a very impressive sophomore season with 114 tackles, seven interceptions, five forced fumbles, 17 touchdown passes, 2,200 passing yards and 609 rushing.

"I need to work on getting out of my break faster on routes and build more size and strength. I turned 16 this past spring so I expect to continue to grow over the next three years."

Washington and his family are in no rush to make an early decision.

"I may wait until after my senior season to make a decision or could do it before during the summer or fall. All of my choices are great schools with great programs."

Washington's father gave his thoughts on Florida.

"My wife has family in Valdosta, Ga. which is about 1.5 hours from Gainesville. He and I did spend to two full days at Florida over Easter last April. We really enjoyed the visit and was impressed with the campus and the football operation. Gainesville seemed to be college friendly and Florida has other great sports programs besides football. My wife attended the Friday Night Lights event in July. It was a quick in and out. She mentioned that the school seemed nice but the camp seemed to have a lot of participants for the time frame. Lots of kids wanting to show their skills but not enough time to get a good look at all of them."

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