Demond Washington Gets Minnesota Attention

Demond Washington, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound sophomore running back/defensive back from Mississippi Gulf Coast, made his official visit to Minnesota last weekend. Washington, who was a preseason NJCAA second-team All-American selection, scored 13 touchdowns last season. He had 209 yards rushing and 349 total yards in the Bulldogs' 62-28 C.H.A.M.P.S Heart of Texas Bowl victory over Kilgore College.

Demond Washington helped lead Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to an undefeated record (12-0)as they were named NJCAA and National Co-Champions along with Butler College (Kansas). The 2007 team also won the college's first MACJC state title since 1986.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College entered the 2008 football season ranked No. 3 in the National Junior College Athletic Association's (NJCAA) and pre-season football poll. The Bulldogs dropped to #10 after suffering their first loss of the season, 27-23, to East Mississippi Community College last Thursday.

Current Gophers Tramiane Brock and Cedric McKinley played for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College last season.

What schools are you hearing from? "Ole Miss, Ohio, Northern Illinois, UAB, Auburn, Louisville, Memphis and Alabama."

This is your first visit. What other visits do you have planned?

"I got Ole Miss planned in a week or two from now. I have not set up any other visits yet."

Do you have a favorite school yet?

"It's too early for that right now."

What position are most schools looking at you as playing?

"Some are looking at me as a running back. Some are looking at me as a corner. They (Minnesota) are recruiting me as a cornerback."

Do you have a preference?

"It really doesn't matter. I want to help my team wherever I go."

What have you been doing since arriving in Minnesota?

"Relaxing and chilling. Get along with the teammates."

Did you participate in any other sports in high school?

"I ran track in high school. I ran the 100-yard dash."

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