Washington Hopes for Offer

Maple Heights (Ohio) receiver Shaquille Washington loved his visit to UCLA and is hoping the Bruins extend an offer, which could help as they're the only school in his top five who hasn't offered...

Maple Heights (Ohio) receiver Shaquille Washington (5-9, 163), has played almost zero receiver during his high school career.

But that hasn't stopped 15 schools from offering him, seeing his athleticism and high football IQ.

Washington has played primarily quarterback for Maple Heights, in the Wildcat formation, putting the team first, but he knows receiver is where his future is.

"It's been pretty fun playing receiver on the Raw Talent tour," said Washington. "I train all-year round as a receiver, but I only finally get to get out there and show it during these camps. I play quarterback, but recruiting is as a receiver."

Washington and his Raw Talent teammates were in Westwood last week for the UCLA 7on7 Tournament.

"It went really good, the UCLA coaches really like me," said Washington. "They want me to take an official visit there. Coach (Reggie) Moore, the receivers coach, is recruiting me and I had a talk with Coach (Rick) Neuheisel. I got the best vibe from them. They haven't offered me yet, but they said they were planning to."

Washington has offers from the Pac-10, the Big Ten, the ACC, the Big East and more.

"Colorado has offered, Cincinnati, Duke, Boston College, they've all offered me and Michigan State might be offering pretty soon," said Washington.

For now, Washington has five schools leading.

"My top five is UCLA, Duke, Cincinnati, Colorado and Boston College," said Washington. "I'm looking for what the best situation is for me and my family and that's where I'm going to go."

Washington said his West Coast trip helped him deal with the distance factor.

"That was great and really helped me a lot," said Washington. "I wouldn't mind a return to the West Coast."

Washington said he'd like to make a decision in early July, but would still like to take all of his official visits.

Academically, he has a 3.5 GPA and scored an 18 on the ACT.


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