"Our season is not over yet," added Demond Washington. "I had a pretty good season at cornerback, with this being my first year, and we came out as State Champs for the second year in a row. We won the state championship and national championship last year, but we had a good year this year."
The 5' 10", 185 pounder rushed for over 1, 250 yards and 14 TD's as a freshman at MS Gulf Coast CC but switched over to cornerback this year. How hard was that transition?
"It worked out pretty good. I played cornerback my ninth grade year, but it has been a while. I had a couple of picks for TD's. It turned out pretty good. I got to show case what I could do on defense. I think altogether I had 3 picks for TD's, 4 punt returns for TD's, 7 pass breakups, and 35 solo tackles."
This was good enough to earn NJCAA Region III 1st Team All-State. The All-American team has not been announced yet.
Even with the success that Demond had at cornerback, the former Tallassee (AL) product still believes offense is where his skills are better suited.
"I think running back is my best position. I like to play offense. I can play wide receiver or running back. There are more positions for me to play on offense."
expected May graduate committed to Ole Miss last month after receiving several
D1 offers, but he picked up another SEC offer last week.
"Auburn offered me this past week. They want me to come in as a duel threat, more of an athlete."
Does this change Washington's commitment status?
"Not at all. I am even more sure of my decision. My mind is made up now."
Washington's good friend and teammate, Eltoro Freeman, is committed to Auburn. What is the latest scoop with Eltoro?
"We are real good friends. We grew up 30 miles apart. We were roommates last year, and we hang out a lot. I do not know what he is going to do (laugh). He really does not talk that much about it, but I am trying to recruit him pretty good (laugh). As far as I know, he still plans to sign with Auburn in December."
What attracted Demond to Ole Miss in the first place?
"They are going to give me a chance to play running back in the SEC, and I got a direct connection with their coach. Plus, their team is on the rise, just look how they are finishing. They got a new coach up there, and I want to be a part of helping them get to Atlanta. They are expecting big things next year at Ole Miss. It is going to be fun to be a part of, like it is down here. I caught it down here right when we were about to peak, and I think Ole Miss is going to be peaking right when I get up there. I can't wait."
Who is the coach that Washington has a direct connection?
Dickerson. He was the first coach to call me, and we have been talking ever since.
We have a real good relationship. He calls me every week, and I call him two or
three times a week. That's my boy."