Orange Lutheran DB enjoys trip to Montlake

Washington is in the market for defensive back prospects and one that has an early offer from the Dawgs is Orange (Ca.) Lutheran DB Darien Washington. Ten days ago, the talented prospect and his parents ventured north to take in the sites of Seattle as well as the Spring Game and he came away liking what he saw while he was there...

"I had a great time up there," Washington told "My parents really enjoyed themselves and I got to meet the coaches, see the school and the campus and I also got to really see what the team and program are about.

"Everyone was really friendly and told me they liked me. We talked a little about how they would use me if I went up there, but I'm not as worried about that right now because I could play corner or safety, I don't really care.

"We also loved Seattle. I had never been there before, but I had heard how beautiful it was and then seeing it up close and walking around, it was a really great city."

The Huskies are the only school to offer the talented DB, but he's getting some heavy interest from schools like Colorado, Arizona State and San Diego State and hopes to hit the camp circuit this summer.

"Washington's my top school right now, but at this point they are the only school to offer me," Washington noted. "I'm hoping by hitting camps this summer and working on my game more, that I can earn some more scholarship, but (the Huskies) will always be up there at the top for me because they were the first school to offer me."

As a sophomore at this time last year, Washington tore his labrum and missed the first four games of his junior year last fall in order to let it heal.

"I played through it last year and just gutted it out," Washington said. "They held me out of the first few games because they wanted to make sure I could take the pain and that I wouldn't hurt it any further.

"Once I figured out I could make tackles and not feel it that bad, I just went out and played and I felt like I had a pretty good year considering that."

From his safety position, Washington posted 48 tackles, two interceptions and five passes defensed while earning All-League honors.

"I play safety for us and I like it, but I can play corner pretty well too," Washington said. "I'm explosive and I've been getting faster, so that has helped me a lot."

As a high jumper for the Lancers, Washington has posted an official best of 6'4" and said his most recent vertical was recorded at 34-inches to go along with a 4.45 forty time.

As far as making a decision is concerned, Washington said he's in no hurry, but hopes he can decide before the start of his senior season.

"I'd like to make a decision during the summer," Washington said. "If I don't though, then I will take my visits and then I'll probably wait until after my season or even into January."

We will continue to keep track of Washington as he goes through the recruiting process and we will update news as it happens.

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