Washington Wants To Add Another Title

James Washington doesn't care what time the Texas Class A Division I state championship football game kicks off, he'll be ready. That's good because the standout receiver and his Stamford teammates will take part in an early kickoff at AT&T Stadium. Stamford, 13-1, is going for its second consecutive state championship when it faces Shiner, 11-3, with the kickoff scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday.

"(Another state championship) would mean a lot. Since the seventh grade we've been district champs. We've been together all these years and we've been a team that won't take no for an answer. That's kind of the theme for our senior class," said Washington, who has been committed to Oklahoma State since July but recently picked up offers from Texas and TCU.

Washington caught five passes for 80 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, as Stamford defeated Hico 34-26 in a semifinal game on Saturday in San Angelo, Texas.

The Bulldogs had to rally after allowing Hico to score on the game's first play. "Our defense started slow but we got it turned around. The momentum just kept switching all game," he said.

Washington has had an excellent run in Stamford's four postseason games (25 receptions for 484 yards and 10 touchdowns). It's that type of production that led to both Texas and TCU making offers in the past few weeks.

"(Texas) defensive line coach Bo Davis came to our game in Snyder (on Dec. 9 against New Deal) to watch me play and then after the game offered me, and then the TCU offensive coordinator (former Cowboys assistant coach Doug Meacham) came and offered me the next day," Washington said.

Do the offers change anything for Washington? "No sir. It doesn't because we don't even know who is going to be coaching at Texas (now that Mack Brown has resigned). I don't want to risk anything with Oklahoma State. I'm pretty confident that's where I'll end up going."

However, he did say, "I may take one to Texas but I doubt that will change my mind about going to Oklahoma State," when asked if he was considering any other visits.

Washington added, "I talked to coach (Mike) Gundy the night before (this past weekend). I talked to coach (Kasey) Dunn after the game, and he asked me to recap the game. He was asking me if I was thinking about taking a trip out there soon."

Washington is planning to make his official visit to Oklahoma State on Jan. 17, the huge recruiting weekend in which almost every other Cowboys commitment is expected to make the trip to Stillwater.

Washington has 69 catches for 1,309 yards and 26 touchdowns entering Thursday's state championship game. A year ago, in helping Stamford to the state title, he caught 78 passes for 1,147 yards and 22 touchdowns.


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