Recruiting: DE Washington Looking to 'Fit In'

An interesting four-team battle for the right to claim the services of <B>Tim Washington</B> (a highly sought-after prospect from Ft. Bend Dulles High School) has recently materialized with the Horns becoming a serious player. With an official visit to OU (Nov. 22) already in the bag, the rest of the field consists of Texas (Jan. 10), LSU (Jan. 17) and Ohio State (not yet scheduled).

Earlier in the process, Tim Washington failed to list Texas or LSU among his favorites and had schools such as Florida, Miami and Michigan in their place. But the Longhorns -- despite Washington's earlier stance of refusing to play for an in-state school -- are officially in the mix as they continue in search of much-desired defensive end depth. In a year where there's plenty of studs, Mack and Co. have had very limited success as they have received only a single pledge so far (Tim Crowder) from the DE ranks.

"Coach Nunez (Tim Nunez) and coach 'Tolle' (Mike Tolleson) are the coaches I've been in contact with," said the state's No. 2 rated DE when asked what coaches from UT were recruiting him. "Mostly, coach Nunez though."

And don't mistake the recent scheduled official as a sign that the Horns have just now become interested in the Dulles High standout.

"I've been in contact with them off-and-on all year," Washington said.

Another service had Ohio State out of the picture, but the 6-3, 240-pound pass-rushing specialist denies that.

"I plan on going," Washington said. "Just trying to reschedule the trip right now and plan on making that visit when I get the chance."

Although his next two weekends are tied-up (Jan. 10-12 and Jan. 17-19), the weekends of Jan. 24-26 and Jan. 31-Feb. 2 remain open. So, expect the senior to give the Buckeyes the last word with a trip to Ohio State one of those two weekends.

Jackie Shipp (defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator) heads the OU contingent and is rumored to be in the best shape for landing Washington's signature.

As for whether or not Washington's family has made a push for him to visit Texas due to proximity, the nation's 7th-best DE said, "No, not really. My family is backing me regardless. It's my decision and they want me to go wherever I choose to go."

On the status of his broken foot, Washington said, "I'm out of the boot, but still in re-hab. Not sure when I'll be cleared, but I'm still working hard through the re-hab process."

Washington went on to say that playing time is very high on his list, but due to the uncertain status of his broken foot, he's not willing to cast his lot on early playing time (as a true frosh) and early playing time, alone.

"Just lookin' for a place where I fit in the best," he said.

The Texas coaches and players will have an opportunity this weekend to show Washington that that place is the Forty Acres.


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