Another Quip that likes the Panthers

Most kids who grow up in Aliquippa have an interest in the University of Pittsburgh. The Aliquippa/Hopewell area has sent Tony Dorsett and Sean Gilbert to the Panthers, among others. Current starting corner Bernard "Josh" Lay and incoming freshman Darrelle Revis also hail from Aliquippa. The Quips are loaded again this year and several of their key players like the Panthers.

Cornerback/wide receiver Mike Washington (5-8, 161, 4.3) has the ability to make people stop what they are doing just to witness his speed. Whether it's on the football field, the track, or at a camp, when little Mike Washington is around people take notice. We watched two Aliquippa games last fall and we knew he had football speed. It wasn't until we saw Mike at two different camps this spring, where he was timed at 4.28-4.33 in the forty at both camps, that others knew as well. After he'd run one and people heard his time, the entire camp would stop and everyone would gather around just to catch a glimpse.

"It's odd when people watch you just to see how fast you are. I guess I'm used to it and the speed isn't a big deal to me," said Washington.

Last fall, Mike was a starting cornerback and wide receiver for the Quips as they won the PIAA Class AA state championship. Most of the focus centered on University of Pittsburgh recruit and PIAA Class AA player of the year Darrelle Revis. Washington had some very impressive stats himself including 22 receptions for 723 yards and 14 TDs. On defense, the diminutive corner picked off 11 passes. If that's not enough, he also excels on special teams where he ran back 2 punts and 2 kickoffs for scores. For his efforts, Mike was named to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Fabulous 22 team. He also earned 1st team All-WPIAL honors as a CB and as a WR. One might call Washington versatile, but Mike will tell you it's all about the team.

"I do whatever coach asks me to do to help our team win football games."

During the spring, the speed demon was helping the Aliquippa track and field team earn gold at the PIAA Class AA state championships. Mike ran a leg on the gold medal winning 4x100 meter relay team. He qualified for the 100 meters but was disqualified for a false start.

Washington has been receiving interest from Pittsburgh, Indiana, Miami (OH), West Virginia, and Marshall. He does like one school a little more than the others.

"I like Pitt, the same as most Aliquippa kids do. I know a lot of teams will shy away because of my size, but some schools have said if I play in the first few games this year like I did last year they'll offer me."

Mike attended camp at Pittsburgh. He also took part in the AK Recruiting skills camp.

Stay tuned to as we will have video in the next few weeks of the electrifying Mike Washington.

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