Washington Starts to Get Attention

The 6-4, 225-pound defensive end/linebacker prospect from Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos, Tony Washington, just took in a UCLA practice, while he's starting to see his recruitment pick up from some big-named schools...

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos defensive end Tony Washington (6-4, 225) is beginning to see the interest level in his services increase.

"I'm starting to get those serious letters now," said Washington. "I'm hearing from UCLA, Oregon, California, Northwestern, USC, Arizona State and Arizona. I don't have any offers yet, most of the schools want to see me at their camps, but everyone seems really interested."

Washington said most schools are looking at him as a pass-rushing end, though Arizona State and Cal see him as a strongside linebacker.

"It doesn't matter to me," said Washington. "I'll play wherever they want me. I'm 225 right now, but I want to be at least 230 by the time the season starts and I want to graduate at around 240 or 245."

Washington said six schools were standing out for him at this point in his recruitment: Northwestern (where teammate Arby Fields signed), UCLA (where teammate Richard Brehaut signed), Oregon, Cal, Arizona and Stanford.

Washington was in Westwood on Saturday, taking in UCLA's spring practice.

"I went to their practice and I liked everything about it, the high intensity level, the coaches are always on their game," said Washington. "It was a cool practice to go to."

Washington said several things will play a role on where he decides. "First, my major, whether they have it or not (Sociology) and the academics, second, how the program is ran, then location," said Washington.

Washington, who said he models his game after Justin Tuck and James Harrison, said he's in no rush to make a choice. "I want to take some time and think it through before I decide," said Washington.

Washington is carrying a 3.5 GPA and will take the ACT this month.

He's coming off a year in which he had 60 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, nine sacks, three forced fumble and two fumble recoveries for the Grizzlies, who advanced to the CIF-SS semifinals.

Washington will be at the Nike Camp on the 19th of April in Los Angeles then at next month's Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles.

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