Top 2008 Prospect is Drawing Early Interest

Richland Northeast (Columbia, SC) linebacker Chaz Washington is projected to be one of the top overall prospects in the Palmetto State for the class of 2008. However, Washington faced some adversity earlier this year when his house burned down, and as a result, he was forced to transfer to Richland Northeast from rival school, Spring Valley.

That hasn't stopped the 6'2, 200 pound defensive terror from drawing early interest from several of the nation's top programs, however, and the rising junior has already named six schools that sit atop his list of favorites.

"Right now, I've got some (favorites). South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Florida, Georgia, Auburn, and Tennessee."

Washington, who projects as an outside linebacker at the college level, took the time to describe what he likes about four of the schools on his list.

South Carolina - "They've got great coaches. They stay on you, and they want what's best for you."

Virginia Tech - "All their players are all around. They get to the ball and run sideline to sideline."

Auburn - "They are consistent."

Tennessee - "The defense."

GamecockAnthem caught up with RNE Head Coach Jay Frye on Tuesday afternoon, and he shared his thoughts on his new star linebacker.

"Chaz is a transfer from rival school, Spring Valley. We're very excited to have him over here and have him as a part of our program… These first couple of days of fall practice he's looked really good. He's got a lot of quickness, and he's a big hitter from all that we've seen so far. We think he's not afraid at all to stick his nose in there, and we're looking for big things out of him. Right now he's playing in the middle. He's playing MIKE linebacker for us, and we feel like he's going to be a fine player… He's got great potential and could be an outstanding player."

Washington, who runs a 4.6 second forty yard dash, shared what he believes are his strengths as a player.

"I run to the ball no matter where it is. It might be 30 yards away from me, but I'll still run to it, because you never know, the ball might pop out, and I might could pick it up and run it for a touchdown. I'm a great leader."

While there is no clear favorite for Washington's services at this early stage in the recruiting process, he does know what he would like to accomplish in his upcoming junior season.

"My first goal is to win a state championship. Also, to bring our team together. If I can, I want 150 tackles or more."

Stay tuned to for the latest news on this hard-hitting 2008 defensive prospect.

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