R.J. Washington: Top Prospect in Texas?

The class of 2008 will be filled with many kids that excel on the defensive side of the ball. Possibly the best defensive prospect in Texas can be found at Keller Fossil Ridge High School. Defensive end R.J. Washington has already received three scholarship offers from Big 12 powerhouses and is putting together an outstanding season this year.

R.J. Washington has the prototypical frame that every college coach is looking for. He has tremendous speed off the edge and is a dominant pass rusher. He has already recorded 10 sacks through six games this year. Just about every major college football program would love to get their hands on this kid, but who is he interested in?

"I don't even know right now," Washington said. "I have talked to my coaches about it, and they want me to go somewhere like OU or somewhere close to home. But right now, I don't even know."

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Washington is a physical freak. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. Last season, he recorded 65 tackles with 10 sacks and earned Sophomore of the Year honors for his performance. He already has offers from Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

Playing time and coaching style will play a major role in determining where Washington will play his college ball.

"Early playing time. I've never not started. I don't really want to red shirt. I don't have to start right away, but it would bother me to not be able to play," Washington said. "Coaching style is also important. I like up-tempo practices. I don't want to have boring practices."

Washington was in Dallas a couple of weeks ago for the Red River Shootout. He didn't get a chance to talk to any of the players or coaches from either side but enjoyed the experience. Washington saw first hand how intense the Red River Rivalry is between the fans from both sides.

"I saw a UT guy get beat up over a corn dog. I didn't want to get up and go to the concession stand, but I was glad I did," Washington laughed.

Washington attended Texas A&M's football camp during the summer. He also plans on going to watch the annual rivalry between Texas and Texas A&M later this year.


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