St. Paul's DB named MVP at Baton Rouge NUC

St. Paul's free safety Jay Washington took home the MVP Award for best defensive back at yesterday's Baton Rouge National Underclassmen Combine.

"There were some good DBs there who looked decent, so I didn't really know how I would compete against them," said St. Paul's (Covington, La.) free safety Jay Washington. "I just went with it.

"I did good in the one-on-one drills, only allowing one completion. Donald Gage was out there. He's from Redemptorist (Baton Rouge, La.). He won the wide receiver MVP."

It's no surprise that Washington impressed yesterday, considering that he was among the leading tacklers last year for St. Paul's 12-1 squad. The sophomore accounted for nearly 70 tackles in 2010 and picked off three passes.

"Playing and starting for a 5A school helped a lot yesterday in the competition," said Washington. "I got invited to the Ultimate 100 Combine. You can either go to Dallas or Atlanta, and I'll probably go to Dallas, because my mom stays there."

What did Washington have to say about his sophomore season on the field for St. Paul's?

"It felt good, winning that many games," he said. "I can do much better individually, though. I dropped too many (potential) interceptions last year. I'm going to make more tackles and get more picks next season.

"I ran a 4.6 in the 40 at the combine, along with a 29.5 inch vertical. I repped 155 pounds 15 times."

Washington played alongside some top-flight talent last year at St. Paul's, as the Wolves' roster included four-star defensive tackle Mickey Johnson (LSU signee) and underrated wide receiver Jermaine Sams (SMU signee).


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