Safety/wide receiver Dijon Washington (6-2, 180, 4.5) Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger opened up some eyes with a strong second half of the season when he switched from primarily playing wide receiver to defensive back. Once the move was made Washington became highly productive and earned the reputation of a nasty hitter.
"Dijon is a very physical football player and he's a hitter," Leuzinger assistant coach Ralph Oliver said. "Ken Norton Jr. of USC was at our playoff game when Dijon picked off a pass, deflected a couple and a lot of big hits.
"Needless to say, Coach Norton was impressed and since then USC requested film on him," Oliver said. "That was followed by several other Pac 10 teams requesting film. Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon and UCLA all have requested film on Dijon.
"Dijon really came on strong the second half of the season," Oliver said. "He ended up having about 50 tackles and two interceptions over the last six games. Dijon was primarily an offensive player during the first half of the season.
"As a coach, I feel Dijon has the potential to be an all-state player next season and on the D-I level, he has the versatility to play corner or safety in college," Oliver said. "He kind of reminds of (UCLA commit) Rahim Moore.
"The scouting report on Dijon is he has overall outstanding ball skills," Oliver said. "He has a nose of the football and has a non-stop motor.
"I believe he will highly recruited guy," Oliver said. "He's a Pac 10 caliber player and he's an early offer guy."