Washington Names Top Three

Edna Karr DL Leonard Washington continues to add offers and HereComeTheDawgs.com spoke with the West Bank (New Orleans) standout tonight. Which schools does Washington list as his current top three?

"My top three are Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss and Kentucky," said Leonard Washington, the enthusiastic DT from 2010 4A state runner-up Karr High School. "I'm looking at committing somewhere in July. I want to visit a few schools and go to some camps first.

"Coach (Pierre) Ingram is recruiting me for Tech. He says they don't discriminate when it comes to size. My only downfall right now is my height. I'm 6-foot-0, but you can't move me. There's not much you can't do with me if you're an offensive lineman.

"I have a great motor. I can catch a running back and you can't run many screens on me. Since I'm not tall, I have to play smart and play great. I watch a lot of film and study offensive linemen so I'll know their tendencies.

"If you're a defensive lineman, you have to play fast, because if those big offensive linemen get their hands all over you then it's a wrap.

"I use my height as an advantage. We have a huge offensive tackle, Derek Edinburgh, and he can't stand trying to block me in practice. I go hard and try to make it a nightmare for offensive linemen. I always stay pumping my legs and it's hard to stop me."

When we spoke with Washington, he had just completed a workout in the 100-plus degree heat. Regardless, he still had plenty of energy to spare.

"I was lifting and running earlier," he said. "The weight room is my thing. That's my home. I bench press 365 pounds and squat 505 pounds. I'm one of the strongest players to ever come through Karr. In fact, I may be the strongest to ever come through here."

Who all has offered and which programs are in Washington's top three?

"Memphis, ULL, ULM, Louisiana Tech, Florida International, Tulane, Arkansas State, Southern Miss and Southern Illinois have offered," he said. "Everyone in Louisiana - other than LSU - has already offered.

"Tee Martin from Kentucky is recruiting me, but they haven't offered yet. They want to see me in camp first. Vanderbilt says I should be on their list when it comes to the next offers they make.

"My top three are Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss and Kentucky."

Washington recorded 69 tackles and 7 sacks last year for Karr, which finished as the 4A runner-up to Franklinton.

The Cougars could be on the national stage over Labor Day weekend. Negotiations are underway for an interstate matchup that would see Karr face off with Arlington (TX) Bowie.

The Volunteers feature a high-powered offense that includes QB Kolby Listenbee (TCU commit) and RB Russell Hansbrough.

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