RECRUITING: Houston FB drawing interest from OU

Houston, Texas fullback Mike Washington talks about his five early favorites and ties to Oklahoma.

MIKE WASHINGTON, FB, 6'1, 214, 4.7, HOUSTON, TEXAS (ST. PIUS X HS):

The fullback is coming back in vogue in the college football in 2004 and Mike Washington is a sure-fire hard charging, blocking fullback that many colleges are looking for.

Washington started at tailback the last two years rushing for 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns. Then, for half the year last season he played tailback before moving to fullback midway through the season. Washington finished with a little over 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.

"I started out the year at tailback, but our fullback got injured and I was the only guy that could really move to the position," said Washington. "We run an offense where I am running the ball quite a bit as well as blocking. I also come out of the backfield and catch the ball a lot. I am one of the best receivers on the team and I think one of the best in our area."

Washington can bench 255 pounds, squats 495 and he has posted a 31-inch vertical jump. Washington starts in hoops (13 ppg and 10 rpg) and he participates in track (TJ/41-LJ/19.8 and he runs the 4 X 100/third leg).

Washington participated in the Nike camp at Texas A&M and he went to the MLS combine at the University of Houston. Washington hopes to attend the OU camp this summer as well as TCU.

"I don't have certain schools yet that I am considering so I am pretty wide open," said Washington. "The schools that are catching my eye are UCLA, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Colorado and Tennessee, but at this point they are just talking to me and I waiting to see who offers me. I haven't talked anything over with my mom yet either.

"I like the program at Oklahoma and I have friend that goes there (Alonzo Dotson) and he loves at OU. We grew up together and what he says means a lot to me. I have another friend that goes to Colorado, so I have some people that I can go to and find out what certain colleges are like."

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