With a slight chip on his shoulder Washington has approached his preparation for his senior season with a sense of hunger that most prospects only talk about. The difference is that we can see just how much Washington aims to show colleges that he's going to be a player to be reckoned with on the next level.
Washington won the linebacker MVP award recently at a South Carolina Gamecock camp amongst some of the top linebacker prospects in the southeast in attendance. Having taken that honor Washington has seen a number of those fellow campers extended scholarship offers from his hometown school. A lifelong fan of the Gamecocks, Washington admits that it hurts to see but he uses it as fuel to keep improving his stock so that he can add a number of scholarship offers to his list and possibly one from the Gamecocks as well.
"Right now I'm waiting on my ACT scores. That's what most schools are telling me...they need my score so that it can go through the NCAA clearinghouse and I should be good to go then. I'm hearing from Wisconsin, Colorado, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Clemson, Louisville, Kentucky, Auburn, LSU, Florida, Georgia, Buffalo, and a lot of other schools. I'd have to say right now that my top five would have to be Vanderbilt, Colorado, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, and Clemson."
"I took a visit way back to Virginia Tech when they played Georgia Tech and this past year I went to South Carolina's junior day and then to Tennessee's junior day/spring game."
Washington says he takes his ACT on June 9th. "I feel confident about it. Hopefully I can get those offers coming in once I get my scores back."
A relationship with one SEC school has come to the forefront for Washington. "I'm close with coach Robbie Caldwell at Vanderbilt. He says I have an offer from them based on ability but they need the ACT score first. We talk a good bit and he's let me know that he's behind me 100% no matter where I decide to go. They say I have something that a lot of other players don't have and it's nice that they see that in me."
His numbers from the recent Scout.com All-American Combine in Charlotte attest to the fact that Washington indeed is moving up the rankings as he tested extremely well. During the brief drills that were performed before lightning ended the event early Washington's athletic ability and skill making plays on the ball were clearly evident. He has room to add weight to his frame which bodes well for him but the name of the game for him currently is his ability to run people down from all angles. His lateral quickness sideline to sideline is superb as well is his nose for finding the ball.
The RNE star is unsure of when he may make a final decision on his college destination. "I'm not sure, I'd say maybe the middle of the season or right at the end of it. Then again it could possibly be on signing day. I'm gonna put it in God's hands. He's going to help me make my decision."
Washington is being recruited as an outside linebacker by almost all of the schools that have been recruiting him. He also told us, "I told Clemson, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech that I would like to play a little bit of rover too."
This weekend Chaz will particpate in either the VTO Top 100 Combine or the Shrine Bowl Combine. SCPrepNation.com will have more on Washington as his recruitment and season unfolds.
Keeps loose in between testing stations
Measures a legit 6'1 in socks