Washington Ready To 'Wind It Down'

We actually spoke to running back/athlete DeAndre Washington twice Wednesday. The first time we caught up with him he was on the University of Oklahoma campus, so we asked him to call us back when he was on his way home to Texas. Washington was in Stillwater for a day and a half earlier this week looking over the Oklahoma State campus and facilities along with his mother.

Washington, the standout from Fort Bend (Marshall), Texas, and his mother were joined on the trip by was joined by 2012 prospect Chance Allen, from Elkins High School in Fort Bend, and his mother.

A little later after the first telephone conversation, the foursome was on the road again and Washington returned the telephone call to fill us in on his trip.

"It was amazing from the facilities to the campus to the coaches to the players, all of it was just amazing," said Washington very enthusiastic of Oklahoma State.

"It was truly a blessing for me to be able to come up and see it all. We got there on Tuesday morning and Coach (Joe) DeForest and Coach (Robert) Gillespie and (freshman) Shaun Lewis showed us around and everything. I know Shaun and he is my boy. It was good to be around him and see how he is getting used to everything."

We asked the 5-10, 190-pound Washington what really stood out among all the aspects he was shown and he said it was the coaches.

"The coaches, they came at me very real," said Washington. "They told me how things really were and what the program was like and where I would play and about the competition. They didn't just tell me what I wanted to hear and blow smoke up my backside. They were very real about everything.

"The campus is great, you know where the players live and go to class," continued Washington. "It is just really a great place."

Asked about what his mom thought and it was more of the same language. "She was blown away too," he said. "She was sold on it. We have a lot of talking to do now.

"I know we were both amazed with Oklahoma State. I think I'm ready to wind it (recruiting) down."

Washington, who last season rushed for 694 yards and 8 touchdowns on just 91 carries and is also a talented pass catcher, has a bunch of offers. He has been to Texas Tech and said that his top schools haven't really changed.

"My top schools are Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Boise State, and Baylor, but I think it is really going to come down to OSU, Tech, and Boise," he said.

Washington has been great about keeping us updated and we asked him to let us know when there was any news and he said it would. It would seem from the conversation that it won't be long, maybe, before we hear something.

As for the stop in Norman. "We stopped there for just a little tour and to see the campus," said Washington. "The coaches weren't there and as far as the facilities it didn't compare to Oklahoma State, but it was nice and we wanted to see the campus."

As for the other members of the traveling party, Chance Allen and his mother. "We get along great and if he needs anything he knows I will help him out," said Washington of the 6-3, 180-pound Allen.

"It was great for him to go and see this because I told him this is a taste of what he will be going through next year. I'm kind of showing him around recruiting and this will really help him out as he gets ready for his recruiting year."

Allen is just a junior but is already getting attention and is listed among the top juniors this fall in Texas by the likes of Texas Football and Scout. This spring he caught a 39-yard touchdown pass in the Knights spring game, and as a sophomore he caught 23 passes for 350 yards and 4 touchdowns. He averaged just over 15 yards a reception.

Again, we will anticipate some news in the near future from DeAndre Washington.

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