Louisiana Safety Earns Elite Combine Invite

In 2010, Jay Washington - then a sophomore - was among the leading tacklers for Louisiana 5A power (Covington) St. Paul's and Washington has taken things to another level this fall, headlining the defense for a dominant program that is ranked number one in the state by the LSWA. Read further to learn more about Washington's newest accolade and find out which college programs he favors.

"I got invited to the Proving Ground Combine," said Jay Washington. "I got a letter that was sent to my coaches. It said I'm one of the top 300 juniors in the nation and invited me to this event in January. I'm going to participate.

"I was at the LSU/Kentucky game last week and I'll be back for the LSU/Florida game this Saturday. I talked to (LSU running backs) Coach (Frank) Wilson. He wants me to get my junior game film in as soon as possible. I took (teammates) Dylan Long (senior fullback) and Ed Duplessis (junior linebacker) with me to LSU/Kentucky. I hope LSU offers Ed and I. I was interested in Miami but not any longer. They aren't sending me stuff. I've been hearing from Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Tulane and ULL."

Washington received a handwritten letter from MSU head coach Dan Mullen.

"That stood out to me," said Washington. "I like how Mississippi State plays with physicality. I was excited to get the handwritten letter. I like the atmosphere that I've seen (on TV) at Mississippi State, and I want to take a visit. They invited me to their game against Louisiana Tech, but I couldn't go that weekend. I hope they invite me to another game.

"I also got a letter from LSU that said they're very interested and that I'm being considered for a scholarship."

Last week, St. Paul's -- which hasn't lost a regular-season game since 2009 -- stayed perfect by trouncing previously-undefeated Mandeville, 48-14. This Thursday, the Wolves are on regional television versus Salmen (Slidell, La.).

"We pressured (Mandeville QB Matt) Bergeron," recalled Washington. "He couldn't throw on us, so they tried the power running game and then the screen game, and we ate that up too. They were using sets that we hadn't seen before on film, going to the power-I. We had never seen them (Bergeron) under center.

"Our defense adjusts to game situations. Entering the year, I thought our defensive line would be our weak spot, but it's not. We have a junior defensive end (Gustavo Garcia) who is 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds. He's having a great year. We're not big along the defensive line, but we're real fast and physical."

Washington handed out a couple of compliments for his teammates on the other side of the ball.

"(RB) Kris Brumfield made big plays for us last year and he's making even more now," said Washington. "The coaches have called his number or (sophomore WR) Marcus' (Gaines) number for big plays. Kris is quick and fast."

St. Paul's is riding a 24-game regular-season winning streak that dates back to week one of the 2009 season (26-24 loss to Edna Karr). Washington is third on the team in tackles.

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