"Coach Knox from Mississippi State came down to our school for spring practice. He told Coach Sears they want me to camp there and become a Bulldog. I'm happy as hell to get an SEC offer. I'm also getting handwritten letters from Coach (Hugh) Freeze, the head coach at Ole Miss."
What are Washington's summer plans?
"I'm camping at TCU and UL (Ragin' Cajuns) and I'm still not sure about other schools," he replied. "I'm supposed to figure it out soon. Auburn invited me to their Junior Day, and Tulane's offensive line coach said they're real interested."
St. Paul's hasn't lost a regular season game in nearly three years, and Washington will be a three-year starter when the '12 campaign gets going. Despite that success, the Wolves are not entirely pleased due to their stinging loss in the first round of the playoffs last fall.
The Wolves were seeded No. 1 in the 5A bracket out of 32 teams, and St. Paul's holds the dubious distinction of being the first top-seeded 5A school in Louisiana to ever get upset in the first round of the playoffs. In that postseason opener, No. 32 Central and electic '14 WR/KR Gary Triplett stunned St. Paul's, 35-28.
In early September, St. Paul's will participate in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Classic doubleheader for the second straight year. Last season, the Wolves edged 2010 5A state champ Acadiana, 15-14. St. Paul's entertains an out-of-state opponent this time around: Tallahassee Lincoln HS.
The other half of the doubleheader pits John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.) versus Tampa (FL) Plant HS, the Sunshine State's defending 8A state champ that finished No. 14 in the nation in the final Scout Top 50.
Mississippi State has signed several talented players from Louisiana over the past couple of years, including QB Dak Prescott (Haughton), RB Josh Robinson (Franklinton), Torrey Dale (John Curtis DE who has legally changed his name from "Torrey Bell"), S Quadry Antoine (Belle Chasse) and DE Ryan Brown (Archbishop Shaw).
The Covington/Mandeville/Slidell "North Shore" area has produced recent top-flight prospects such as '13 WR Chuck Baker, an LSU commit from Salmen HS in Slidell. In 2011, the Spartans sent QB Daniel Sams to Kansas State, DB Chrishawn Dupuy to Miami (Ohio) and DT Malcolm Pichon to Louisiana Tech. RB Charles Jones from Mandeville HS signed with Kansas State earlier this year.
Fontainebleau HS OL Pierson Villarrubia inked with Washington State, and St. Paul's has sent several recent prospects to programs on the next level, including four-star DT Mickey Johnson (now at LSU), WR Jermaine Sams (signed with SMU but going JUCO first), FB Dylan Long (McNeese State), LB Tyler Tourelle (Southeastern Louisiana) and Trent Domingue, an excellent kicker/punter who is walking on at LSU.
St. Paul's '13 LB Ed Duplessis has offers from North Texas and Memphis, among others, and the Wolves have a dangerous weapon in '14 WR/RB Marcus Gaines, who had the second-fastest time in the 100 meters in the metro New Orleans area leading up to the state meet.
Washington is pictured below at the Big Man On Campus 7-on-7 Tournament held earlier this month in Algiers, Louisiana.