October 22, 2008

Washington emerges as state's top story

The best-kept secret in the Lone Star State is no longer a secret.

When DeSoto, Texas offensive tackle Evan Washington entered the 2008 season this summer, he was a 6-5, 290-pound project - a basketball player that had never played the game of football.

Seven games into the season, Washington he developed into something else - an elite-level college left tackle prospect.

Although his father (Marvin) was an 11-year veteran of the NFL, the younger Washington had never donned a football uniform until this spring, which makes his sudden rise on the recruiting scene one of the most in credible stories in the recruiting world.

"We started off a little slow, but I think we've worked out the kinks because we've won our first two district games," Washington said. "I feel like I've had one off-game this season, but I feel pretty solid."

So, when did Washington feel like he started to get his footing as a football player?

"I'd probably say the first game of the season," Washington said. "It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I was just out there being aggressive as I can be. In basketball I can't be as aggressive as I'd like to be."

Washington's emergence might seem rapid, but it's very real and a number of the top programs in the nation have already begun the process of courting the young sensation.

"Yeah I've been thinking about,' Washington said. "I know I'll definitely be playing college football. My size will give me a chance."

One school that has already started showing Washington some attention is Texas. With fellow DeSoto stars Adrian White and Darius Terrell already big-time factors on the 2010 recruiting scene, it didn't take long before the Longhorns started to take notice of Washington's ability.

"I went to the Texas-Arkansas game and that was my first time to see Texas play," Washington said. "It was pretty good atmosphere. They are a good school and they are close to home, so my family would be able to watch me."

As far as a list of early favorites is concerned, Washington has his eye on some of the nation's finest programs.

"(Texas) is one of my top schools, definitely," Washington.

When asked if there were any other schools that have his attention early on, Washington replied, "Oklahoma, Florida, Miami and USC. I like a bunch of schools."

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