HS Coach Talks about Chaz Washington

Chaz Washington (6-4,300), University of Miami commit, is a standout defensive tackle from Louisiana's Destrehan High School (10-2 at season's end), had what many would consider a great season, but not in comparison to what teams saw from the athletic senior in previous campaigns.

Chaz Washington was one of the most sought after defensive linemen nationally following his junior season, and for good reason.

"He (Chaz) did not have an above average type season like Chaz was used to," said Destrehan head coach Stephen Robichaux. "He had a problem with a ligament injury in his foot all season, but he was a trooper and helped us as much as possible. The last 4 or 5 games of the regular season he was about 75%."

The injury that hampered Washington during the season appears to be entirely healed.

"The injury is all healed, it slowly recovered and he was able to play full force our last game, he should be good to go," Robichaux said.

Canes fans can expect to see Washington in the backfield a lot.

"Chaz runs real, real well (4.9 second 40 yard dash). He gets to the ball quick and is a big strong kid who works hard during the offseason," Robichaux said.

Before gracing a Canes jersey Washington still has plenty of work to do.

"A 3-sport kid (basketball, track and field) who lifted vigorously during the off-season is not as strong as he needs to be. That is his biggest problem. I know he is working hard in the weight room so he will be ready," Robichaux said.

While starring at Destrehan Chaz frequently played both sides of the ball, but his coach thinks one side will suit him the best.

"I think there is no doubt he wants to play defense, I just see him as a defensive player because of his size and speed," Robichaux said.

Destrehan High School has links to the University of Miami that Washington may have focused on to help him make his final decision.

"There are a lot of Miami ties here with it being Ed Reed's former high school. Ed comes back every summer and runs a camp. He does a great job of bringing NFL guys, and he comes everyday to work with the children. I do not believe Reed ever spoke with Chaz about Miami but probably told him what to expect at the next level and how to prepare. I am sure just seeing Ed come back each summer was good for Chaz and the other players to see," Robichaux said.

Canes Wide Receiver Coach Curtis Johnson also has ties to Destrehan High School.

"No doubt Coach Johnson was instrumental in getting Chaz to attend Miami, he is from the area and we even played high school ball together. Coach Johnson comes in from time to time to visit, he has good ties here," Robichaux said.

On and off the field Washington is an ideal person you want on your team.

"Chaz is a great kid, very personable, good to talk to, and a pleasure to coach. He is a leader on and off the field, and a happy go lucky kid who turns it on when he needs to," Robichaux said.

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