Washington ready for first visit

Mark Washington is a 6-3, 235-pound linebacker prospect from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, and is it any wonder Mark is interested in the Washington Huskies? Namesakes aside, there is serious interest from both Washingtons so Mark will be heading up to Seattle this weekend to see if the Dawgs are worthy of his name, and vise versa.

Mark has a top-3 right now of Colorado (12/20), Ohio State (1/10) and Washington (12/13). Cornell Jackson is the coach recruiting him for the Huskies. "I like him," Washington told Dawgman.com Wednesday night. "He's a cool coach. You can tell he knows what he's doing." Jackson will have an in-home with Mark next week after his visit.

Will Washington take any more visits? "It's going to be hectic to take all five visits," he said. "I'm looking at Oregon, Arizona State and Washington State too."

Mark had 119 tackles, 7 sacks, 25 tackles for loss, 4 passes defended, 4 forced fumble and one safety caused for the Jackrabbits this season. His last recorded 40 time? "It was the last one I've done and it's my best so far - 4.58," he said.

Here are Mark's thoughts about the three schools he's most focused on right now.

Washington - "They are losing three to four good linebackers and there's a chance for some playing time there, so that's appealing. I would definitely have a shot there."

Colorado - "I like them a lot. My Dad played there and I grew up in Colorado. I lived there for eight years before coming back to California. It's really nice there. And they are losing two guys after next year, so that's a big upside. Their depth chart isn't too deep."

Ohio State - "They produce a lot of good linebackers. They've also talked to me about playing a little bit of running back too. And you can't argue with where they are at right now. They must be doing something right. A lot of people underestimated them this year, but they are just doing their thing."

The Buffaloes have the inside track for Washington's services. "I'd say Colorado is a slight leader, but I'll go where it's the best choice for me," Mark said. "I don't feel any pressure to go there."

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