Three New Offers For Washington

Leonard Washington has collected 17 offers to date, including three within the past few days. Find out which programs are entering the race to land the DT from Edna Karr HS (Algiers, La.). Also, what are his thoughts on the upcoming season? Will the Cougars go from '10 state runner-up to '11 state champ?

"Houston, Western Michigan and Miami of Ohio are my newest offers," said Leonard Washington. "I have a former teammate, Timothy Johnson, at Miami. Their coaches saw how I play when they recruited him. He likes it up there and says it's a beautiful place.

"Houston's coaches know how I did at the Nike Football Training Camp, which took place in Houston. They've seen how I do a lot of real good things on the field. My evaluations at the Nike Camp were real good. I'm going to camp at Houston on July 30th."

Washington will also visit Arkansas and Arkansas State this month.

"I'm going to Arkansas on the 16th and Arkansas State on the 21st," he explained. "Arkansas' coach wants to see me at their camp. He says they're real close to offering. They like how I look on film."

Karr, which reached the Class 4A state championship game last year, is gearing up for a tough schedule that's peppered with marquee matchups.

"This year, we're not just going to state again. We have to finish," said Washington. "We have to finish each rep, finish each 40-yard dash, finish everything.

"We have the big-time players. We have Darrian Dyson and Gerald Willis on the defensive line with me. Cornerback Noel Ellis, who will be a junior, is one of the top prospects in his class. Tight end Standish Dobard is also a junior. He already has offers from LSU, Alabama and Florida.

"We have a lot of playmakers on each side of the ball. This group of individuals has really come together as a team. Last year, we didn't have as many big-name players as we do now. If we put this talent together properly, no one in the state should be able to beat us."

Washington and his teammates will be on the grind next month. They open against St. Paul's (Covington, La.) on a Wednesday. Five days later, they'll square off vs. Arlington (Tx.) Bowie on Labor Day in Dallas.

"We've gone to St. Paul's three years in a row," said Washington. "They beat us last year, and they're tough to beat in their house. They have an advantage at home. They're disciplined and well-coached."

Washington expounded on a personal goal for the upcoming season.

"I have to increase my sack total from 10 to 20," he said. "I can't let my team down. I want to get three sacks a game. You have to set the bar high."

Louisiana Tech, ULM, Arkansas State and Southern Miss are among the frontrunners for Washington.

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