Desoto's Washington Wide Open

Evan Washington from Desoto grew up playing basketball and before last spring, never played on the gridiron despite his NFL pedigree. After playing his first season for the Desoto Golden Eagles, he earned first team All-District honors for his first year Head Coach Claude Mathis. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Washington and discussed his first season of football and the recruiting process.

Evan Washington (6-5, 290) of Desoto is an interesting prospect. Despite growing up with NFL bloodlines, Washington never took to the gridiron until last spring. Washington devoted his time and energy to the hardwood until he and his father decided that he should try out for the football team.

Desoto's new football coach Claude Mathis was happy to hear that Evan Washington changed his mind about playing football. When I spoke with Coach Mathis last month, Mathis ran out of accolades for Washington.

"Evan has great footwork for a guy so new to football. He has long arms and a powerful initial punch. Everybody in the country should offer him," said Mathis, "He is a beast."

Marvin Washington, Evan's father, played in the NFL for the Jets, Broncos and 49ers for eleven seasons. Marvin spent his time chasing quarterbacks while Evan protects his quarterback. And Evan did a great job at offensive tackle this season, earning first team All-District honors.

"I am excited. I was first team All-District," Evan said. When asked his style of play, he said, "Probably my aggressiveness and footwork – it comes from playing basketball."

Although Washington has not yet attended any football camps, he did attend the Texas Longhorn-Arkansas Razorback game in Austin this season. He also confirmed that he is receiving interest from all of the Big 12 schools, including Texas.

"Coach Chambers invited me down to the Texas Junior Day," Washington said. "I am wide open – no favorites," added Washington.

Washington already has offers from Kansas, Houston, Texas Tech, and Miami.

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