Cedar Hill Defensive End Camps At SMU

Local 2014 DE Xavier Washington recently camped at SMU. More inside!

The bottom line is SMU needs to recruit Cedar Hill.

Having quarterbacks coach Dan Morrison tell now Oklahoma commit Marcus Green that he didn't know Cedar Hill was in his coverage area is unacceptable and disconcerting. Cedar Hill, after all, is one of the Dallas-area's top programs and consistently produces top-flight FBS talent.

2014 is no different.

Why the Mustangs continually ignore this potential gold mine, located less than 25 miles away from campus, is a mystery. But offering an underrated recruit like defensive end Xavier Washington would be a good way to start building a relationship with Cedar Hill, something that should have been when June Jones first arrived on the Hilltop.

Unfortunately for the Ponies, Washington didn't really have a swell time at SMU's last summer camp.

"I didn't feel like we got a chance to showcase our skills. We didn't do 1-on-1's or 40's. It wasn't even a reps thing," he said. "They kind of just gave us a partner, and we did stuff with him most of the time. It was kind of weird. It's not like they were going to see any stand outs like that. I was pretty disappointed."

But the good news is Washington would strongly consider SMU if the Mustangs began to express interest.

"Of course I'm interested. I would really love to go SMU. It's close to home. It's a nice school, and they offer a great education," Washington said. "Playing for SMU in Dallas would be awesome. We've played there before, and I like the atmosphere on campus and the facilities are nice."

Washington currently holds offers from Air Force, Nevada, North Texas, North Dakota and Yale. He hopes to add SMU to the list by getting in contact with defensive line coach Bert Hill in the next couple of weeks.

"Since I didn't get a chance to show what I could do at the camp, I want to get in contact with the defensive line coach," Washington said. "I'm going to send him my film and hopefully, he'll get back to me because I haven't heard from SMU at all."

While SMU may or may not offer down the line, Washington expects more schools to extend scholarships during the season.

Last year, the 6-foot-2, 240-pounder helped Cedar Hill reach the 5A Division II state title game after recording 81 tackles and 16 sacks. But he believes his team is in store for an even better season in 2013.

"This summer, I really focused on transitioning to that leadership role. I'm ready to lead this team," he said. "We're reloading. We have athletes that didn't play last year that are going to shine this year. I'm happy to have another year to show what Cedar Hill is all about."

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