"Coach Mac came by the school and gave offers to me and Darius Terrell," said Washington. "It felt really good to know that they are after me, and having coach come over here the week before Junior Day to let us know we had offers was big time."
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound prospect, who has spent his entire life on the hardwood as a power forward, said that he was shocked to hear that the Tigers were calling for his services this soon in the process.
"I really didn't think I would get the LSU offer," Washington said. "It was just a couple of weeks ago that the staff came by and asked my coach for my video. They reviewed my highlight tapes and less than two weeks later they were back at the school with an offer for me.
"All the other guys on the team were getting serious looks, and Adrian [White] even had his offer," added Washington. "Whenever I didn't get looked at in the first wave I figured nothing would come. But coach Mac came back and got some of my individual tape and they liked what they saw."
Washington joins a slew of Eagles that are being eyed by programs across the nation.
"Our junior class is super strong," he said. "Adrian White has an LSU offer, Darius got his offer, and a few more of my teammates are getting looked at. Marcus Murphy just had his film picked up by the LSU staff, and they want to talk with him more this weekend when we come into town. I think most schools will look at him as a cornerback.
"Brandon Forge and Byron Hudson are two defensive line guys that will get a lot of looks," added Washington. "Zachary Orr is also a beast linebacker, probably one of the best in east Texas. All of us will be down this weekend, so it should be a good time getting into town and meeting the staff in person."
Washington, whose father Marvin graduated from the University of Idaho before playing 11 years as a defensive end in the National Football League, said that he has been following the Tiger program for a majority of his high school years.
"I really like LSU a lot," Washington said. "I watched them a good bit the last two seasons, but not so much this year just because I was busy with other things on the weekend. I am looking for the school that can fit me the best, which will be a combination of solid academics and a great program, and LSU fits that."
"Everybody is wide open right now," added Washington. "Distance will play a factor, so that is one thing to keep in mind. I really don't know much about LSU outside of what I see on television, so this weekend after I get down for junior day I will know more and can start thinking about things. I do know that right now I am honored to have even been offered. LSU will definitely be in my head as I get more attention from other schools."
While the 4-star had a breakout first year on the gridiron, Washington still sees plenty of room for improvement.
"Since I was into basketball for so long, I never really knew how to be a great football player," he said. "My technique is something that I am really going to work on perfecting this offseason, because this past year I relied on my pure physical strength to dominate kids. I got to make sure that I don't have to rely on that next season."