Washington Is A Budding Coach

James Washington is a special athlete. You don't come across too many athletes who lead their high school football team to back-to-back state championships, and also challenge for honors on the tennis court. Washington is also a standout in basketball and track. He literally can do it all.

The only question that sometimes comes up with a talent like Washington is the caliber of the competition he has faced. With Washington, few observers are concerned.

"I know he is from Class A, but I'm with you in thinking that Washington is one of the unsung and great find recruits in this class," said Scout and Fox Sports high school and recruiting reporter Erin Hartigan.

"He is so talented, and he never seems to be overwhelmed by the situation. We've seen that in football and basketball. His skills are undeniable. You have to love coach Gundy and his staff being quick to jump on Washington."

The attention was slim when the Cowboys jumped in and offered Washington, with Texas Tech and Texas State showing the most interest. Later, long after Washington had committed to the Cowboys, Texas (before Mack Brown's resignation), TCU and Baylor joined the competition.

There were even reports that Baylor was throwing out some references to the Sports Illustrated series in trying to dissuade Washington. The two-time all-state honoree in football didn't budge. He stuck with his commitment.

Washington is good about sticking to his commitments. He made one to his little cousin's basketball team and discovered he has a little bit of a coach in him, especially when it comes to kids.

"I kind of spend time teaching her team, coaching them a little," Washington explained. "I've taught them a press breaker and some defenses. My cousin's name is Alexa and she plays for the Little Bulldogs. Yes sir, I like spending time with them and coaching them. It is fun to see them start comprehending what you're teaching."

Washington is a good student as well as a really talented athlete. "Mechanical engineering," answered Washington when asked about his likely major.

It may be Class A in Texas, but any Class 5A program in Texas would have loved to have Washington, and he would have been just as productive at Tulsa Washington in Oklahoma or James Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas.

He'll make Stamford, Texas, very proud over the next four to five years, and may win some more titles in track and even tennis before he leaves town in May.

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