Washington Talks To Northwestern

Junior defensive end Devin Washington has a number of options, but is hoping to turn those into offers. Northwestern began to show strong interest in the Orlando standout, who chatted with NU's Marty Long on Wednesday night. Get the latest on Devin Washington in this PW recruiting update.

Devin Washington faces a busy offseason. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end is working out every day, doing specialized cross-training, as he looks to add size and speed.

"I call the offseason the pre-regular season," Washington joked.

Washington, a standout from Jones High School in Orlando, has two offers thus far—Cincinnati and Florida International—but has an impressive list of schools that are interested.

Northwestern has recently jumped into the mix of interested schools, which includes Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Texas A&M, and USC, among others.

Washington is thrilled to have two offers on the table, but is motivated to make interested schools also extend offers.

"It just gives me more determination and more drive to keep working hard," said Washington. "I have two offers so hard, I see my hard work is paying off."

On Wednesday night, Washington spoke on the phone with Northwestern defensive line coach Marty Long. The two discussed recruiting, where Washington stands, academics, and what he needs to do for an offer.

When Washington hung up the phone, he had his eyes set on earning an offer from the Wildcats. He is optimistic that can happen, and his wait may not take long.

"(Coach Long) said it sounded like it would be pretty soon, but I don't have any way to put a date on it," Washington said. "I could come up there in the summer for a camp and compete up there. If I compete really well (in camp), I can get an offer. Or, if they have offered me already, I can show them why I got an offer."

With a number of options on the table, Washington is looking at what each school has to offer. When he hears about Northwestern, one thing immediately comes to mind.

"I hear academics," Washington said of Northwestern. "Academics are always first for me and that's a great academic school. I've heard so many great things about it. My teacher loves Northwestern. Every time I go into class, she's chanting Northwestern. It's a great school and a great football program.

Washington put together a strong junior season for Jones High School Jones High School. He finished the season with 55 tackles, including 11 for a loss, and 6.5 sacks.

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