"I just turned 16 in December," said Washington. "I started school out in California, so I'm a year ahead here right now. I play defensive end, tight end, and offensive line, but I really like defensive end the most."
When I told him that 6-5 and 275 pound 16 year olds don't end up playing defensive end in college, Washington grudgingly knew that to be the case.
"Yeah, I know, but I really want to stay on defense at least," Washington added with a laugh. "Some of the schools are recruiting me to play defense or offense. I've gotten offers from Ole Miss, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Duke, ECU, Western Carolina, North Carolina, MTSU, and UTC so far."
"I'm really starting to like Alabama. Our head coach went to Alabama, and they finished in the Top 4 in defense last year when they weren't even bowl eligible. My family is from Ohio, and my dad played at Ohio State, so they're right there too. I also kind of like Georgia, but they don't need defensive linemen the way the other schools that are recruiting me do. Duke is another team I am looking at. I like the way they are rebuilding their team, and I love their academics. I like South Carolina too, I like the way they play defense. I'm also looking at Maryland. If I were to play for them, the ACC passes a lot, and I like to get after the quarterback."
Washington is an excellent student that will have no trouble qualifying. He helped lead Grayson to the playoffs last season in just the school's third year of existence. Grayson and Washington will definitely be on the visit lists for schools across the country this Fall.