Maryland will likely try to bring in one tight end in the 2015 class, and the Terps may have one right in their backyard. St. John's (Washington, D.C.) junior Scottie Washington plays wide receiver for the Cadets, but given his size (6-feet-6) and frame, not to mention a 4.7 40-yard dash, he's probably ticketed for tight end in college.
"Most schools see me as an H-back or tight end, and I'm fine with that. I'm working this offseason to get ready to play those position," said the 6-6, 210-pound Washington. "I've already gained about eight pounds just by eating more and doing a lot of lifting. Right now my bench is up to 255 and my squat is 305, and by the start of the season I'd like to weigh around 230 pounds."
Washington, who is running track this spring, is coming off a season where he had just 10 catches, but totaled 170 yards and two touchdowns. With quarterback and Maryland signee William Ulmer mainly a running threat, the St. John's receivers didn't get too many downfield opportunities.
"I was mainly a blocker last year, and that's actually helped me [in the tight end transition]," Washington said. "I know I can catch and run, but the blocking expanded my game. This year I'll be playing safety on defense, too, so I'm looking forward to that."
As far as recruiting is concerned, Washington doesn't hold any firm offers yet, but several programs have been in touch. He said Virginia Tech sounds closest to offering, while Maryland, Old Dominion and Rutgers remain in close contact.
"I was just at Virginia Tech's junior day, and their coaches had some good things to say. They were saying they think I can play tight end or H-back for them and they like my game," Washington said. "An offer from them would mean a lot. A couple of my friends are going there like Cam Phillips from DeMatha, and my trainer, Keith Willis, he went there and talks about them a lot. Plus it was really nice when I visited; I really liked the campus and the school."
The Cadets wideout plans to be at Maryland's junior day Feb. 22. He's already been to hometown school several times during the last year, but he's eager to return to College Park so he can gauge where he stands with the staff.
"Maryland, just like Virginia Tech, they see me as that tight end type," Washington said. "I actually saw Coach [Mike] Locksley just recently and I spoke to him. I haven't talked to him too much yet, but I've seen him around. Hopefully I'll be talking to him more after the junior day."
The St. John's receiver said a Terps offer would likely make them one of his favorites. He's already familiar with the program and likes what he's seen so far.
"I had a bunch of family go to Maryland, and my parents went to graduate school there," Washington said. "They're going to the Big Ten, too, and that's exciting. And Will [Ulmer] is going there, and it would be cool to play with him again. Will is really excited to go there and play for the Terps."
Washington has also had contact with ODU and Rutgers, the former staying in touch via e-mail and the latter stopping by during the open period.
But right now Washington said there are two programs in particular he'd "love" to have offers from: Maryland and Virginia Tech.
"I just really liked both of those schools when I visited," he said. "I have great relationships at both, so those are the two schools I'm high on."
Expect Washington to take in a few more campuses and draw more suitors this offseason, however. He has the upcoming junior day at Maryland, and then plans to attend camps at Penn State, Ohio State, Duke, ODU, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and UMD.
"Hopefully after that I'll have some offers on the table," Washington said. "I've been doing a lot of work this offseason, so hopefully it pays off when I go to these camps."
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