Until a week ago I would not have included Washington on this list. No slight with saying that as Washington helped lead Stamford High School in the Texas panhandle to back-to-back Class A state championships.
In his senior season he was an All-State performer and the Class A Player of the Year and MVP in the playoffs. He had 73 receptions for 1,331 yards and 24 touchdowns. On defense, he had 42 tackles and seven interceptions. He was All-State as a junior too with 78 catches for 1,172 yards and 22 touchdowns.
He ran track, played basketball, and won a state championship as a tennis player as well. He is a dedicated and talented athlete with speed and plays taller than his 6-0, 190 pounds.
So why now is Washington making this list? It is because he arrived in Stillwater ready to work and got right to it. He has shown a lot of explosive athletic ability as well as a work ethic usually found in players much older and experienced.
There will be a lot of places that he can factor in as he could play at either wide receiver or slot, and there are also opportunities for him to be involved in special teams. In player-led workouts you can already see a respect for Washington that goes beyond what is usually shown to a freshman. I think teammates recognize what kind of player and person Washington is.