St. Paul's is a powerhouse

SMU received a commitment on Monday from St. Paul's WR Jermaine Sams and there's every indication that the Mustangs will actively seek to continue recruiting the Covington (La.) school, which has emerged as one of the best modern-day programs in Louisiana. The Wolves' roster is dotted with college prospects, including sophomore free safety Jay Washington (pictured).

In 2009, St. Paul's went 10-2 and the Wolves appear to have an ever better team this fall. In the first week of the season. St. Paul's avenged last season's loss to Karr, thanks to the play of SMU commit WR Jermaine Sams, four-star DT Mickey Johnson, and 2013 free safety Jay Washington.

"The coaches have told me that I'm one of the most athletic safeties ever at the school," said Washington (6-foot-0, 185 pounds). "Through our scrimmage (vs. Thibodaux), our jamboree (two quarters vs. Archbishop Rummel), and our game with Karr, I've had 14 tackles and a few passes broken up."

Washington has already attracted the eye of college recruiters.

"I went to SMU's camp with my cousin (RB Mikhail Washington, another St. Paul's college prospect) and their coaches said that I looked good," he said. "They told me that they want to see my film in the future and they're definitely an option.

"I like Clemson and Texas A&M. During the spring, Texas A&M's recruiter was here and he liked my style of play."

What's the buzz around St. Paul's regarding this year's team?

"We really want to win the state championship," said Washington. "Our seniors are determined and we have a really nice, athletic team.

"We felt robbed after losing to Karr (by two points) last year, so we were really focused on them and felt like they were a team that we had to beat, in order to get the season started good.

"This week, we have Central and it's a big game. We beat them by one point last year and they're talking about how they should have won. We're looking forward to the game."

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