Washington another Monroe area star

The Monroe area has two of the top defensive linemen in the country in West Monroe's defensive end duo of Luther Davis and Will Blackwell. Those two studs get a lot of love from the recruiting services but there is also a pretty good lineman on the other side of the ball up in that part of the country in Carroll High School's Alex Washington.

The big 6-4, 315-pounder received an offer from Ole Miss back in April and recently two smaller state schools have anteed up in Southern and Grambling.

Word was slow to get out on Washington during the early part of the recruiting process but lately he has seen an influx of big-time schools showing interest.

"I've just started hearing a lot from a lot of schools like LSU, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Florida, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Stanford and Tennessee," he said.

Washington has attended a couple of camps this summer and he spoke fondly of his recent camp stop at Ole Miss.

"It was pretty nice," he said. "They taught a lot of technique and a lot of stuff we don't do at our school. I think what I learned there will help me get a lot better for this season."

The big versatile lineman is tentatively scheduled to go to LSU's camp in late July but his passion for track and field may derail those plans.

"I'm going to really try to get down there but I'm not sure if I will be able to because I'm joining a summer track team to throw the shot put," said Washington, who claims a persona best throw of 54 feet and five inches. "That's something I want to do in college too so I'm working on that along with football."

Throwing the show put is something that Washington feels strongly about and something he wants to continue to work on but he also feels that he may need to make an appearance at LSU's camp to prove something.

"They (LSU) haven't offered yet and I want to show them what I can do in person so they can see the kind of athlete I am," explained Washington. "Coach (Stacey) Searels (offensive line coach) said they were looking for some guys to come in and to be ready to play as freshmen and they feel that I have that kind of ability. I think they just want to see me perform in person."

Tiger Rag has spoken to Washington a few times over the past three months and each time he stated that getting an offer from LSU was something that he had always dreamed about.

Does he still feel the same even though the Tigers have not come forward with one yet?

"Yes sir," he said. "That's the one I've been waiting on."

That is the one that Washington has been waiting on, and he said that he will continue to wait, but if LSU does not extend a scholarship offer it will not be the end of the world.

"I'd like for them to offer but if they don't, I'm still going to be successful and have a good career somewhere else," he said.

Note: Washington reports a 3.0 GPA and says he scored a 17 on his first attempt at the ACT.

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