Coaches like what they see in Washington

Kendrick Washington (6-6, 268, 4.93) is a force coming from his defensive end spot and he is also one of the top post players on the basketball court in Louisiana for 2009. College coaches have been making their way over to Shreveport-Huntington over the past week and a half to see him in person with several big-time colleges being represented.

Kendrick Washington


“This spring we had coach (Jay) Hopson come through from Michigan and then Alabama sent coach (Bo) Davis,” said Huntington Assistant Coach Curtis Evans. “We had Arkansas by on Tuesday too and then LSU.”


With so many coaches coming through in a short span what kind of feedback was given after they evaluated Washington in person.


Michigan—“Coach Hopson mentioned an offer but he said he had to go back and check with their new coach (Rid Rodriguez) to see if they will go ahead and offer. He said they should know something by the end of this week.”


Alabama—“Alabama was seriously interested in Kendrick too and they talked real highly of him possibly playing outside linebacker in their 3-4 scheme.”


Oklahoma State—“They actually came by to see Courtney (Sims) and then when they got here they were telling him they were going to touch base with him and they liked what they saw.”


Arkansas—“They said they would make a decision by the end of the week too because they still had some kids they were looking at. They wanted to meet as a staff and talk about him before deciding if they were going to offer.”


LSU—“Coach Mac (D.J. McCarthy) loves him. They like his physical nature and his size. They said they were intrigued by him because they were going to lose three defensive ends next year.


Evans said that LSU, Mississippi State and Tulane are currently the only two offers that Washington has picked up so far and out of those two, along with the others showing interest, one school comes up more than any other in their discussions.


“I know he talks a lot about LSU,” said Evans. “He’s been down there a lot and they like him a lot.”


Basketball figures to play heavily into Washington’s decision and he already has several offers on the table for his skills on the hardwood.


“He’s picked up Tulane and I think Mississippi State has offered,” said Evans. “He just switched AAU teams and he’s now playing with Nike so his interest should pick up a lot.”


Washington has said all along that basketball was his first love so what are Evans’ thoughts on how things may shake out on both fronts?


“It’s going to boil down to whichever one gives him the best offer,” said Evans. “If a big Division-I school gives him a good football offer but he only has mid-major basketball offers then he will probably go with football. If he gets the big Division-I basketball offer then he may lean to basketball but it just depends on whichever one gives him the best offer.”


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