RECRUITING: Could Washington be OU's next commit?

Destrehan, La. defensive tackle Chaz Washington talks about his top six and interest in Oklahoma.

Chaz Washington comes from that very fertile football proving ground of Louisiana where every year they have as many high school football prospects per capita as any state in the country.

Washington, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive tackle with 4.9 speed, ranks as one of the top defensive tackle prospects in Louisiana and is being recruited coast-to-coast. Washington is already drawing national attention as he enters his fourth year as a starter, going both ways the last three years at defensive tackle and offensive tackle.

This season, in certain situations, Washington is going to shift out to tight end and show off his outstanding hands. Washington had a great year defensively last season finishing with 65 solo tackles, five sacks, five forced fumbles and three fumbles recovered.

"I like being aggressive and sacking the quarterback," said Washington. "I like whipping the center in front of me and reading the center and guard and making a great play. I just like playing physical, exciting football."

Washington can bench 340 pounds, squats 500, and he has an impressive 26-inch vertical jump. Washington starred in hoops (15 ppg) his sophomore year and he throws the discus (140), shot (49'10) and javelin (137).

Before his freshman year, Washington went to the LSU summer camp and following his freshman year he went to Miami. He also attended the Nichols State offensive and defensive linemen camp before his sophomore year.

At this time, Washington isn't sure what camps he will go to, but he hopes to make it out to USC, Oklahoma, UCLA, and he might go back to Miami.

It seems Washington receives a new offer every day and he is already formulating some opinions on which schools he likes best.

"LSU, Miami, USC, Oklahoma, UCLA, Clemson are some of the schools that have offered. There are 21 more. I can't remember them all," said Washington. "My top six would be Oklahoma, UCLA, LSU, Miami, USC and Florida.

So just where do the Sooners stand?

"I have a high, high interest in Oklahoma. I told my dad I wanted to play football in a college town where they love their football and where I can play football and then hit the books hard and not have the distraction of the big city.

"Oklahoma is always winning and they are what college football is all about. I have always dreamed of playing in a college atmosphere like Oklahoma and I am seriously considering OU. Oklahoma is my solid leader right now and I am close to committing to them. Coach (Chris) Wilson and Coach (Jackie) Shipp are coming to see me in the next week or so and I might commit to them then."

Washington has fully qualified.

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