Washington still waiting on LSU

One of the hottest topics among LSU message boards and recruiting circles is the recruitment of Destrehan (La.) defensive tackle Chaz Washington (6-3, 295, 5.0).

There has been a lot of debate as to whether or not Washington would get an official offer from Les Miles. He is regarded as one of the top defensive tackles in the South by many recruiting analysts and he has an impressive offer list that includes Oklahoma, USC, Miami and the rest of the heavyweights in college football.

Surprisingly missing, though, from that group is the hometown Tigers.

In past reports, Washington has said that the LSU coaches have told him they wanted him to move over to the offensive line but his heart is set on staying on the defensive side of the ball.

He attended Miles' lineman camp over the summer to show the coaches in person what he has to offer as a defensive lineman but was it enough to earn that offer he has been looking for?

"Not yet," Washington told Tiger Rag. "But, I know it is coming pretty soon."

Washington said he performed exceptionally well at the camp and he had the coaches excited with his play in the trenches.

"At that one-day camp I practically dominated," he said. "That made them see that I have the ability to play defensive tackle. When the camp was over coach (Karl) Dunbar (defensive line coach) said, "son that was a hell of a camp"."

While Washington waits on LSU to step up with an offer, he said he is just weighing all of hip options and listening to what the coaches have to say.

"I don't really have a top five or anything," he said. "Right now, I am just staying in contact with everybody. The schools I am hearing from the most are Oklahoma, Nebraska, Miami, USC, Ole Miss, LSU, Tennessee and Auburn. All of them have offered except for LSU."

Oklahoma has been at the top of the list for several months now and that still remains the case with the talented tackle.

"Oklahoma has just been showing so much love," said Washington. "I know I shouldn't base my decision on that but the coaches have really done a good job of making me feel wanted. They talk about me being able to play as a true freshman and how bad they want me."

In an interview with OUInsider.com, Washington spoke highly of the Sooners and was quoted as saying he was not even considering the Tigers. When Tiger Rag asked him if he still had an interest in LSU we got a totally different story.

"Without a doubt, I want to stay home and play," he said. "Like I told my dad, I want to be with my family and have them close. I want to show LSU that I am their guy and that I could play for them too. They want to see me step up to the plate and dominate my senior year and that is what I plan on doing."

One thing about recruiting is that stories can change as quickly as the weather does in South Louisiana.

Washington by the Numbers: Over 60 tackles/5 tackles for loss/6 sacks/2 fumble recoveries/2.5 GPA/18 ACT.

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