Washington Proves Worth in San Antonio

R.J. Washington was already rated as a five-star defensive end by Scout.com, and after a strong performance in San Antonio that will assuredly not be changing. Scout.com caught up with him to talk about his experience as well as his future at OU. He also weighs in with a prediction on tonight's National Championship game.

R.J. Washington, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end from Fossil Ridge High in Keller, Texas was one of the most consistent performers throughout the week in San Antonio.

"Practice was good," Washington said. "You really can not BS through it like I thought I was going to be able to. The players are too good. You just got to try hard. It is hard (to be consistent) because you have to rotate."

Washington will soon be starting his career at Oklahoma, and it looks like the coaches plan to utilize him in his first year, but Washington has some mixed emotions about college. On one hand he is excited to get the ball rolling, but there is also some trepidation because of the change.

"It is one of those things. You are excited but you are kind of scared…. Well not scared," Washington said with a laugh. "I really do not know how to explain it. It is whatever. We will just have to see what happens. I am not going to back down fro anybody. I know that they have some players. They are huge at OU."

Washington was disappointed in Oklahoma's bowl loss, but he has plans to be paying close attention to tonight's National Championship match-up between Ohio State and LSU.

"Honestly LSU is gonna smash Ohio State," Washington stated. "Ohio State has never played anybody with a defense like LSU. It is gonna be like last year. It is gonna be bad. Troy Smith was fast last year and the SEC made him look bad. He was getting chased down by defensive ends and defensive tackles!"

Washington was happy that Oklahoma was the Big 12 champs, and he thinks that the team will be right back in the thick of the national title hunt next season.

"They missed their opportunities (on the field this season). They slipped up a few times this year. I think we will be fine next year. If Malcolm Kelly goes (pro), and I am not saying he will, but we will still have Juaquin Iglesias, Jermaine Gresham, and Adron Tennell."

"It is not like we do not have weapons. We have all of these running backs. It is basically like USC. We just pull another horse out of the stable. I think we will be fine. Our defense is gonna be straight."

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