James Washington: His Coach's Take

James Washington could be the sleeper in Oklahoma State's 2014 recruiting class. The 5-11, 185-pound receiver played at Class A Stamford High School in West Texas, catching 151 passes for 2,600 yards and 50 touchdowns the past two seasons. With National Signing Day around the corner (Feb. 5), we visited with Stamford head coach Wayne Hutchinson about Washington and his future with the Cowboys.

What are James's strengths as a football player?
Hutchinson: I think he just brings a lot as far as athletic ability. I think he's got unbelievable jumping ability. I think he's got great soft hands. I think he's one of those guys that will be hard to handle in the open field when he catches the ball.

What do you think will be the biggest transition for him moving from the high school game to the Big 12 Conference?
Hutchinson: I would think probably the speed of the game. I think every rep he takes he will just continue to get better and better because I think he will elevate his game according to … I'm sure the competition is going to be a whole lot better than what he's used to facing. I think he's one of those guys who has as good of athletic ability as anybody at any level, and once he gets introduced to that type of speed and physicality, I think he'll just get better every day that he works out.

Do you think he has a chance to make an instant impact or will there be an adjustment period for him?
Hutchinson: I really don't know. I know that Oklahoma State runs the same type of Air Raid offense, I think it's just a matter of him learning the terminology that they use, and just picking that part of the game up. It's hard to say. I know he's got a lot of ability.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Hutchinson: I'm not real sure. I haven't really talked to him about that. I know he came back from his official visit and was just blown away by the facilities. I really think he connected with the receivers coach, coach (Kasey) Dunn, from the word go. I think their staff seems to be good men, and they liked James and James liked them. Of course, state-of-the-art facilities, it's on the big stage, they've been competitive year in and year out. I don't know why somebody wouldn't want to play there.

What do you think he is capable of accomplishing over the course of his college career at OSU?
Hutchinson: It's hard to say. I've already told several people I think he's one of those guys who gets in there and gets after it like I think he will, I think his athletic ability will shine through and he may be one of those guys that we may be watching (in the NFL) on Sunday afternoons. It's just hard to say.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Hutchinson: First of all, I just think he's a great kid. He's just been one of those kids that always has a smile on his face. He's just a great kid. He's a great leader. I'll remember those two touchdown catches he made at AT&T Stadium in the state championship game forever. He just ran by everybody and caught them.


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