Prospect Gets More Options

Nolan Washington, the 5-11, 175-pound cornerback/athlete prospect from Burien (Wash.) Kennedy, has seen his recruitment pick up, collecting more scholarship offers recently, while there are still some other schools that he thinks could also be on the verge...

Burien (Wash.) Kennedy cornerback Nolan Washington (5-11, 175) is now up to seven scholarship offers with the recent addition of three more, and he may not be done being offered.

"Boise State, Arizona State and Washington State are the three most recent offers," said Washington. "I already had offers from Idaho, UNLV, Northwestern and Minnesota. I'm also talking weekly with Oregon State, Oregon, Cal, UCLA and Utah. And then there is Washington, and I'm just waiting to see what happens there."

Washington played both quarterback and defensive back this year for Kennedy, and his recruitment is highlighting his versatility. He said, "Some say they like me as a corner, some like me in the slot, but most are just saying they're recruiting me as an athlete. It just depends on the team and the situation. I think I'd rather play cornerback though."

UNLV, Minnesota and Idaho have all offered him as a receiver though, so Washington understands nothing is certain until he gets to school.

From the schools that have yet to offer, Washington said he feels like Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA are all the closest. "I talk with all of them the same, at least once a week and they're always sending me letters," said Washington. "I like all three of them because they're in the Pac-10 and good schools. Really, it's between the WAC, Mountain West and Pac-10 for me. But if I can stay in the Pac-10, I will."

Washington has set two visits, to UNLV on December 5th and then to Washington State on December 12th.

"I haven't set up the other three visits yet, but I'm planning to do that soon," said Washington. "I'm just waiting for some things to happen."

One of those "things" is a decision on the new coach at Washington. The Huskies have long been a favorite of the Seattle native, and he's close with several current Huskies, including a pair of former teammates.

He said: "It's not what I would call my dream school, but I would love to play with people I know and who I played with before. Playing in front of the hometown crowd, all my friends and family want me to stay. I talk to Johri (Fogerson), Nate (Williams) and Everette (Thompson) and they just tell me to be patient and they all predict that when a new coach comes in, they'll offer me. I'm surprised they haven't offered me yet."

Washington said he does plan to take all five of his visits, and while a Husky offer wouldn't end his recruitment, it certainly would affect it.

"I want to take all five trips and keep all of my options open, but if they do offer me, that would stir things up. Hopefully they hire someone good and well-known and he likes me," said Washington. "But if not, I've got some good options of schools that have offered and some others that I think might."

Academically, Washington is in fine shape, carrying a 3.5 and having achieved a qualifying test score on the ACT.

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