TE says he 'knows what he has in OSU offer..'

IT'S A unique athlete who can adroitly play the tight end position at the Pac-10 level -- diverse skills are required. One intriguing prospect who remains on the market is Raphael Washington, and he lists an offer from Oregon State and just took his SAT exam this past week. But is it another school in the Beaver State who is making a charge?

Washington listed his scholarship offers as being from Oregon State, Nevada, UNLV, Washington, Washington State and North Carolina. Contact has been light, however, with schools waiting on his SAT score to come in before setting up in-home visits for the most part.

"I haven't really heard from them (Oregon State) in a while. I think they don't want to bug me but I don't take it as bugging. But they know that I know the offer is there," said Washington.

An-in home was set up with Nevada but will be rescheduled for a later date because of travel conflicts and Washington State is in the process of naming a new head coach. Nevada, North Carolina and Arizona are the three Washington said he's hearing from the most over the past month.

Washington, a well-spoken and engaging interview subject, has not taken any official visits to this point but took his SAT just recently. He expects to get a favorable result back shortly.

"My SAT score should be in in about a week," he said.

And his prep coach at St. Bonaventure High in Ventura, Washington said, is working on finalizing details on a visit for when the score comes in. The destination is Eugene, with Washington saying UO is also his current leader, although the Ducks have not offered him a scholarship to this point.

"I'm really excited to set that one up...My coach is setting it up for me. Me and another teammate of mine, Christian Mohan, are going to take a trip up there....I mean, quack, quack, I might be a Duck," said Washington.

Washington said one of the things that will be most important to his decision on where to play college ball is how a team prepares, in addition to chemistry with the players and coaches.

"First of all, I'd like to see them practice. There's something we go by at our school and I'm hoping to continue that in college: Practice should be harder than the game. That's a good way to be in life, I know that it's helped me improve my skills," he said.

Most schools, including Oregon State, see Washington at tight end. A few have talked to him about being a three-technique player on defense.

Washington said college coaches have told him what they like most about him on the football field is the combination of size, speed and power. One Pac-10 coach at a combine earlier this summer told him he has the skills of a receiver in a tight end's body, Washington says.

"I'm still working on the blocking. I'm not saying I'm bad it at all or anything, but I just want to get even better at it," said Washington.

Meanwhile, his speed and quickness have improved he says because he's cutting a sleeker profile these days.

"This is a fresh update. It's been going around it's the 260 level, but no. I'm on a new level. I'm 250, and then six-four-and-a-half, six-five," said Washington.

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