SMU commit Trey Washington was instrumental in helping his Gilmer defense shut down Oklahoma State commit Corion Webster as the Buckeyes raced past rival Atlanta 57-13 in the Area round of the Texas high school state playoffs last Friday.
"Moving on to the next round is very exciting," Washington said. "It was great to beat Atlanta as a senior. We had never stopped Webster, but we held him under 50 yards. As a defense, we played really well. It was amazing and a great team effort."
Fellow SMU commit and Atlanta running back Everett Dickerson was also held to just 29 yards. After the game, Washington was able to speak to his future teammate and congratulate him on a successful senior season.
"We were walking across the 50, and I just told him good game. He told me good luck the rest of the way and that he hopes I can bring a state ring back to East Texas," Washington said. "It's going to be exciting to play with him at SMU because he's such a dangerous player. We game plan against him on defense. I can't wait to play with him instead of against him."
Gilmer (11-1) will now take on Argyle in the third round of the playoffs this Friday, and the Buckeyes are out for revenge. Last season, Argyle knocked Gilmer out of the playoffs in the state quarterfinals.
"Everyone is saying they aren't as good as they have been, but they are here for a reason," Washington said. "We are going to come into the game and play our best. My coach sent me some film and they run a lot of hitches and they are fast, but we can beat them."
Washington, who has recorded 36 tackles, five pass deflections, one interception and 292 yards receiving this season, is confident that if Gilmer advances past Argyle, they can win a state championship.
"At first, I would have been skeptical about our team since we are really young," he said. "It took the younger guys a while to buy in but now we really believe. The seniors are leading, and I think we definitely have a shot at winning state."
Washington also says it has been a relief to not have be worrying about the recruiting process while trying to take care of business on the field. Washington committed to SMU back in the spring and still communicates with his recruiter, Bert Hill, on a weekly basis.
"I usually talk to Coach Hill about once every week. He just tells me about the program and how the team is doing," Washington said. "It means a lot for him to keep up with me. We've built a great relationship, and I can't wait to play Mustang defense. I was really happy about SMU making a fourth straight bowl. I really believe the program is coming back."
Stephen F. Austin has tried to get in the mix recently but Washington is completely solid and is looking forward to making his official visit to SMU next month.
Washington Leading Gilmer Deep Into Playoffs
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