Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: #83 RB
Size: 6-0, 180 pounds
Hometown: Orlando, FL
High School: Boone High School
Accolades: Ranked by ESPN as the #118 tailback in the nation...rated a three-star prospect and the #58 tailback in the country by Rivals.com...an all-state selection…all-area selection...all-Central Florida pick...recruited to NC State by tailbacks coach Jason Swepson.
Stats: Washington rushed for 1,597 yards on 175 carries during his senior campaign at Boone High School, an average of over nine yards per carry. He also scored 17 touchdowns en route to leading his squad to the 6-A state semifinals. As a junior, he tallied over 1,700 yards.
Commit Date: 6/26/2008
Recruiting Scene: Washington was a prospect that Jason Swepson identified early on and a trip to the Wolfpack's camp over the summer quickly solidified an offer from State. Shortly after landing the offer Washington verbaled. He considered scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Memphis, and South Florida among others. The Wolfpack signee enrolled in January.
Boone Head Coach Phil Ziglar says: "He's a piece of lead. James is so strong and has outstanding field vision. He's a great running back."
Pack Pride Evaluation: With Florida boasting numerous division running backs for the class of 2009, Orlando (Fla) Boone standout James Washington has proven his name belongs right up there with the state's best.
Washington has put together a monster season in 2008 and has shown solid improvement from his junior year. He is a silky smooth athlete with tremendous acceleration through the line of scrimmage and in to the secondary.
Washington is deceptively elusive. He isn't a shake-and-bake running back. Instead, he uses subtle shifts of the hips and quick sidesteps to elude defenders. Washington shows good lower body strength and the ability to run through tackles but there's no doubt he enjoys getting on the perimeter and out running the defense. With his impressive break away speed, there are few on the high school level that can track him down once he's cleared the defensive backs.
"This is a player who has a lot of upside. Physically, Washington is going to get bigger and stronger and his athleticism gives him versatility. While many of the national recruiting experts have yet to take notice of him, it certainly will come as no surprise to see him emerge as a major contributor for NC State a few years down the road.
NOTE: Make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. Click here for the Free Download of Flash.