After rushing for over 1,700 yards as a junior for Florida's class 6A runner-up, Orlando (Fla.) Boone running back James Washington hasn't slowed down. The 5-foot-10 back has been working in the offseason to improve his game and continues to add weight and muscle to go with his already blazing speed.
"So far my spring has been going well," Washington said. "I have improved on my weight and size. I have gotten much stronger and faster. My workouts have been more intense with my personal trainer Boris Jackson from Speed Plus so that I will be ready for the fall season."
The added work has convinced Washington that he will be an asset to any college program. He is now looking for the colleges to agree.
"I am sure that I will be a great recruit for any college looking for a downhill and zone running back," he said. "I am planning on attending several football camps this summer and I am waiting for my first offer to come."
Among the many colleges that have been showing Washington interest have been LSU, Notre Dame, South Florida, Rutgers and Florida. However, his current focus is on the bright future of his high school team.
"We are working on getting back to the 6A state title game and winning it," he said. "It's going to be a long road but we know what it takes to get back there."
Following the experience Boone had facing powerhouse Miami Northwestern in the championship game, Washington feels that his program has picked up the weathering it needs to come out on top in 2008.
"When we played in the state title game, we had a lot of things running through out minds but we have overcome them all and we are ready to win that game," he said. "I know it is going to take a lot of hard work and dedication but we are up to the challenge."