Washington looking forward to fufilling dream

Looking at the depth chart at linebacker can not be an encouraging thing for a potential Georgia recruit.

From middle linebacker to the outside spots, Georgia is loaded in the heart of the defense. That could be the reason the Bulldogs will likely sign only two linebackers in the 2005 class. One of those linebackers, Marcus Washington has been committed to Georgia since last May.

Washington, whose family has lived in Burke County for all their lives, is used to being committed to a school. He is the star athlete at Burke County High. His talents are obvious on the football field, but he goes as far as even playing center on the high school basketball team while standing at a modest 6-1.

"Well," said Washington ready to admit, "I'm really 5-11. They measured me when I went on my official visit to Georgia and that's where I was at."

Washington is not the only athlete who has experienced a sudden growth spurt in high-tops and cleats.

He said it was always his dream to play at Georgia. From when he was in recreational football in to when he was a star for Burke County Washington's goal has been to one day play in Athens.

"There wasn't one player or any time that I thought about it – I have just always wanted to play there. I always watched them when I was growing up," he said.

Georgia was not the first school to offer a scholarship to Washington, however. Auburn, East Carolina, and a few other schools beat the Bulldogs to the punch by a day.

Washington, who said he thought about playing for those schools ‘for about a second' then got what he was looking for the next day when defensive line coach Jon Fabris offered him a scholarship to play at Georgia.

"It was pretty much over from there," Washington said.

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