Cougs offer local playmaker

QUIETLY THIS RECRUITING season, one state of Washington playmaker from the West side has been adding up the scholie offers -- he now holds full rides from Washington State, ASU, Minnesota, UNLV, Boise State, Northwestern and more, and a pair of other Pac-10 schools look to be getting close.

Nolan Washington (5.11, 170, 4.4) was offered by Washington State this past week. Two more Pac-10 schools, Oregon State and UCLA, are increasing the recruiting love and could be close to putting their scholie offer on the table as are Utah and BYU, said the two-standout from Burien's Kennedy High.

Most offering schools like him as a slot receiver but a few, Washington State and Boise State included, have also talked about the possibility of playing cornerback.

COUGAR RUNNING BACK Brandon Jones, redshirting this year after transferring from Cal, and Gino Simone, future Cougar receiver in the Wazzu '09 class, are among Washington's close friends.

"Oh yeah, they've been working on me," laughed Washington.

They might have their work cut out for them. Washington said he nearly verballed to UNLV earlier this year and the Running Rebs continue to stand out. Washington said he's developed a tight bond with receivers coach Kris Cinkovich and pointed to their win over ASU earlier this year as an indicator of a program poised to start winning.

With his offers list climbing, however, Washington doesn't anticipate a quick decision and said he will likely wait until next year to make his decision.

One school he said that hasn't been in contact this recruiting season is also the one closest to him.

"Washington is the only school in the Pac-10 I haven't really hard anything from. They send me letters but those are probably the things they send everyone," said Washington.

WASHINGTON IS OUT of Burien's Kennedy High, the same program that's produced Cougars Kevin Freitag and Chris Prummer. Normally, the uber-athletic Washington lines up as a running quarterback on Friday nights but he's also made plays elsewhere -- the Seattle Times recently called him "a touchdown waiting to happen."

He has 11 touchdowns on the season, with 51 rushes for 471 ground yards for the No. 6 ranked team in the state's 3A class.

WASHINGTON NAMED THE usual suspects in talking about what was going to be important to his decision, early playing time and education among them. He also mentioned a school where the town revolved around the football games on Saturdays in the fall and a winning program as being important and that winning in the present was a good indicator of future wins.

Washington hasn't been on any official trips yet but has taken unofficials to Vegas and Eugene. Officials to Boise State and UNLV are in the planning stages for Nov. 8 and Dec. 12, respectively.

Washington was a member of the Seattle based squad that won the 2008 National Football League's 7-on-7 National Tournament earlier this summer. Simone was also on that squad.

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