Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger defensive back Dijon Washington is easily among the top safety prospects in the West region this year. The talented athlete picked up his second scholarship offer and could be closing in on several others as well.
Washington, 6-1, 180 pounds is a player the coaches at Leuzinger have been talking to us about for over a year now.
"We call him the 'missile' because that's how he plays," Leuzinger head coach Dion Toliver said. "He's like a human missile on the field and hits everything in sight. He runs well and plays downhill. When he comes up to make a tackle, the play is over. You don't ever see anyone breaking a tackle from Dijon, he just kills people.
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"He's 180 pounds right now, but college coaches love his frame. They think he can get to 205 or 210 with no problem. Name a school and they've been by our campus and after watching his tape, everyone says the same thing, 'we want this guy.'
"Oregon State just offered today and Washington State offered earlier in the year. In addition, Washington, Syracuse and USC have all said if he continues to improve his grades, they're going to offer him in June. He's doing really good in the classroom right now and is very focused. He's doing what he needs to do academically and it's great to see him working so hard."
Washington has had USC at the top of his list for awhile so we asked Coach Toliver if an offer from the Trojans would essentially end his recruitment.
"I really think Dijon wants to go through the recruiting process," Toliver said. "He likes USC but he's not a guy who will commit early. He wants to see what else is out there, take some trips and then he'll make his decision.
"We're going to take him to either the Cal or Arizona one day camp in June, not sure which one right now. That's probably the only college camp he'll attend.