Recruiting update: Tim Washington

<B>Mack Brown</B> may have an edge at getting a blue-chip recruit after two of his former players went in the top 5 picks at the NFL Draft on Saturday.

Four of the first six selections had ties to Brown, with Quentin Jammer and Mike Williams coming from Texas, and Sugar Land Dulles defensive end Tim Washington (6-foot 4-inches, 234 pounds) said what players do after college has an impact on what program he wants to play for.

"Where [a player] goes in the future is important," Washington said. "Whether or not some get good jobs after college — if they don’t make it in football — and graduation rates are important."

While the Draft success of several Brown-coached players has heightened Washington's interest in Texas, Washington's abilities have perked the interest of numerous college coaches. Texas, Texas A&M, Miami, LSU, Colorado, Missouri and UCLA have already offered him scholarships.

"I’ll make a few visits until I decide," Washington said. "I’ve got a whole year to decide. That’s a lot of time."

He said he does not have a preference at staying in state, but Texas and Texas A&M may have an advantage because of their proximity to Sugar Land. Washington visited Austin for the Orange-White game last month, and got to speak with Longhorn defensive end Cory Redding.

"I talked to a few linemen, and they seemed eager to get me down there," Washington said.

Washington said he spoke with former Texas linebacker D.D. Lewis last summer.

On May 4, Washington will attend a Nike football camp hosted at Texas A&M.

Full spring practice for Dulles begins Monday (April 22), and Washington said he feels excited to play his senior season. He missed five games as a junior due to broken ribs, but is healthy now.

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