OSU in on hard hitting safety

EVERYONE LIKES A big hitting safety but most valuable is one who can cover a lot of ground with top of the line read and react skills. Among the safety prospects with an Oregon State offer is Dijon Washington out of Lawndale, Calif. His prep coach says he earned the nickname of "The Missile" out on the football field at Leuzinger High, and the reasons why aren't difficult to figure out.

Washington is 6-1, 180 pounds and has room for more bulk on his frame.

But he's already a big hitter.

Washington's ability to get from point A to point B, with the latter being the pigskin, is what sets him apart, says Leuzinger coach Deon Tolliver.

"He's a kid that finds the football -- he's a hard hitting kid and he's not hesitating to get there," says Tolliver. "The kids at school call him 'The Missile" because he gets to the ball like one.

"He's not really worried about what's there when he gets there, what's in front of him, he's going to run through it."

In addition to WSU and OSU, Nebraska has recently offered and others could be close. Washington said he remains open to all, though the Pac-10 schools are the ones he knows most about.

"I talked to Oregon State last week and I like Washington State. I emailed (WSU) coach (Steve) Broussard last week...San Diego State, Oregon State, Washington State.. Nebraska, all of them have good (programs and coaches)," said Washington.

UCLA, ASU, Oregon and USC have also shown varying shades of interest.

Washington was an all-Bay League pick for Leuzinger last year after recording 40 tackles, a pick, a fumble recovery and a sack.

Summer unofficial visit and camp plans for Washington are tentative at this point. Tolliver said the high price of gas will make it difficult for Washington (and many other recruits) to do a lot of traveling time to various schools, but one stop will likely include a B2G camp at Pierce College the end of the month.

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