Junior Profile - O.J. Washington

O.J. Washington is a 5-10, 175-pound running back from Tacoma (Wash.) Curtis, and it would be an easy assumption to have Washington interested in Washington. But O.J. is just learning about Montlake and liking what he sees.

"I just moved from Kansas last year," Washington told Dawgman.com. "I'd say the biggest difference are the people. In Kansas, we lived in a town with 40,000 people. Now, moving to Tacoma, being so close to Seattle, it's totally different."

O.J. is used to moving around, but he's also looking forward to staying put for his senior year. "My Dad was in the army, so we moved every two or three years, but now we're staying," he said. "I'm going to Curtis."

Washington plays RB on offense and cornerback on defense. "I really don't know right now, but I'll play on either side," he said when asked where he thinks he'll play in college. "I'll play wherever coaches want me to play."

But when asked for his preference, O.J. has one. "I like offense," he said. "I'm quick and shifty." And when you watch him play, Washington isn't the type that gets crazy on the field. "I'm not too vocal. I lead by example." He ran for 520 yards and 10 touchdowns last year, and defensively he had 44 tackles, 17 passes defensed and 2 interceptions. His two-way play earned Washington honorable mention all-SPSL honors for both running back and cornerback.

O.J. also does a bit of track. His best 200 time right now is 22.6 and his best 300 hurdles time is 40.9. "It's not a good time," Washington said of his hurdles mark. "I haven't run a good race yet." He's getting ready to run the 400 hurdles in the Junior Olympics this summer.

"I'm going to go to our team camp at Washington State, also the Nike camp in Oregon," O.J. said when asked about his other summer plans. "I'll probably go to one team camp, like Oregon. Washington's and Washington State's are on the same date, I think."

Even though Washington just moved to the Evergreen State, he's shown interest in the Huskies. Apparently the feeling is mutual. "I went to Junior Day with Derrik Shockman," O.J. said. "It was the first time I had actually been to a university up close. It was great to meet the coaches, especially Rick Neuheisel. He was cool, really down-to-earth. He shook our hands and looked us straight in the eye. I liked that."

His top 5 schools right now are Washington, Stanford, Arizona State, Oregon and Washington State. He's been hearing from all of the above, as well as Oregon State.

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