Waldorf (Md.) Westlake defensive back Pha'Terrell Washington is a name that people in the Washington D.C. area have been talking about for quite some time. But the time has finally come for the 6-foot, 185-pound safety/running back to take his place as one of the top prospects in Maryland.
"I'm explosive," Washington said. "I'm also aggressive and can cut on a dime. I guess you can call me a speed back."
He's also quite handy on the defensive side of the ball. After racking up 1,795 yards and 24 touchdowns in the past two seasons, he's also racked up 12 interceptions and 21 pass breakups.
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"I've also returned a kickoff and an interception for a touchdown, but I don't talk too much about that," Washington said.
Mark Thomas of MDVarsity.com ranks Washington as the No. 7 rising junior in the state of next season, and the college coaches have already started to pursue him heavily.
"My top teams are Maryland, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Miami and Michigan," Washington said. "I have offers from Maryland, Syracuse, Marshall, UConn and Illinois. I haven't decided yet on where I'm going to camp at."
Washington has already figured out a few things that will be important to him. At the top of his list is academics, which might explain why Vanderbilt is there for now, but he's also focused on a few other important factors.
"I'm going to look hard at the coaching," Washington said. "I also want to be in a warmer climate, and the school's graduation rate will be important, too. I'm not really sure if I want to stay in state or go out of state, though."
Washington said his toughest opponent last season was highly regarded A.J. Wallace of McDonough.
"That guy can play," Washington said.