Washington's Eager to Hear More

Stephenville, Texas quarterback Connor Washington has seen his recruitment process heat up over the last month, from contact with college coaches to an invite to the Elite 11 Regional Competition in Fort Worth.

Juggling academics, football, and baseball, Stephenville High’s Connor Washington finds himself always on the go.

“I don’t slow down too much,” he laughed. “We went right into baseball season after football, then that runs into the Elite 11 (Regional Competition) in April. After that we will do some team 7-on-7 stuff, and I will definitely be mixing in some camps so that I can work out in front of some of these schools I’ve been hearing from.

“I start at first base and pitch in relief and as a closer, but I can break away if it is football stuff. That takes precedence. I remember at a young age my parents made me choose between football and soccer, and thank God I chose football.”

Stephenville lost in the state quarterfinals 18-10 to Aledo HS, but not before Washington threw for 2,628 yards and 12 touchdowns on 227-of-414 pass attempts. On the ground Washington racked up 269 yards and three touchdowns on 76 rushes.

Now college coaches are setting up visits to Stephenville for the spring and inviting the 6-foot-2, 205-pound gunslinger in for Junior Days, spring practices, and summer camps.

“I’ve been hearing the most from LSU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Houston and Oklahoma,” said Washington. “Texas A&M tells me I am one of their top three guys at quarterback. I will take a visit to Texas Tech on Sunday, and I know them pretty well. Alabama and LSU invited me to Junior Day, but I didn’t make those.

“I’m also starting to hear from North Texas, which started last Saturday. I talked to coach Gaines and they are pretty interested.”

Set to visit LSU for Junior Day two weekends ago, bad weather kept the Lone Star State standout at home.

“There was ice everywhere and we were out of school for four days,” Washington said. “We really couldn’t get out, especially not to Louisiana. I will reschedule though.”

Washington could drop into LSU for a spring practice, though his eyes are set on impressing new offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe in summer camp. Kragthorpe went to Stephenville and watched Washington work out as a member of the Texas A&M staff last spring.

“I have his email and phone number, so I’ll stay in touch,” he said. “I’m pretty wide open. Distance won’t be a problem if it’s somewhere in the South, especially Texas and Louisiana. There are a couple of schools I would leave home for, but I’ll probably stick around here. That’s where the best football is.”

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