LSU looking at big OL

Coaches are always in search of that diamond in the rough and LSU offensive line coach Stacey Searels may have thought he found one last year in Monroe (La.) Carroll offensive lineman Alex Washington.

Washington (6-4, 315, 5.2) caught Searels' eye during his junior campaign and one thing that he may have noticed was just how powerful and versatile he was. He is exceptionally strong with a 345-pound bench and not too many guys as big and well-built as he is can run a 5.2 in the 40-yard dash.

Washington played every position on the line in Carroll's spread offense but this year he is expected to settle in at guard which is where he is projected to play at the next level.

His name may not be mentioned as much as some of the other blue-chip offensive linemen in the state but he already has one scholarship offer from an SEC school.

"Ole Miss offered me a couple of weeks ago when coach (Frank) Wilson called my coach," Washington told Tiger Rag. "Then a few days later I got a letter in the mail with an offer that was signed by coach (Ed) Orgeron."

Washington said that most of the SEC schools are showing interest and have requested his highlight film. The LSU staff should have received his tape within the past week or so because he it sent down to Baton Rouge at Searels' request.

While most of the top prospects from around the state attended LSU's Junior Day a couple of weeks back, Washington was tied up with track and field and could not make the trip.

Although he could not make it down to the Capitol City then he plans on spending some time there this summer.

"Coach Searels wants me to camp there this summer so he can get a better look at me," said Washington. "He said they are interested in me and want to see how I do in some of the individual drills."

When the LSU coaches get that birds eyes view of Washington he feels that they will see a well-rounded player.

"I'm pretty good at run blocking and pass blocking," he said. "We throw the ball a lot so pass blocking is like second nature to me. We work a lot on technique so I guess you could say I'm fundamentally sound in both areas."

Washington said that he really likes three schools at this time but one has been on his mind for some time.

"I grew up an LSU fan and I always think about what it would be like to play there," he said. "I also like Ole Miss and Clemson."

Washington's Numbers: 345-Bench/500-Squat

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