Defensive end/outside linebacker Tony Washington (6-4, 220, 4.7) from Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos is flying a little under the radar, but it appears those days are about to end as he is closing in on his first offer and the word about his pass rushing abilities are becoming known.
Washington earned first-team all-league and first-team all-county as a junior after accounting for 45 tackles, 11 sacks and two fumble recoveries.
On the recruiting trail, UTEP is close to offering him a scholie. Arizona was out to the school last week inquiring about Washington.
UCLA is well aware of Washington since he attends the same school as UCLA freshman quarterback, Richard Brehaut. The Bruins want Washington to attend their camp so they can get a closer look at him.
Oregon emailed Los Osos coach Tom Martinez asking for more information on him. Cal and Stanford are looking at Washington as a linebacker.
Washington also attended the recent NIKE Camp in Los Angeles and was one of the most impressive pass rushers there.
Martinez feels his young edge player has the qualities required to be a D-I college player.
"Tony is very explosive off the ball and he has a long lean body that D-I schools like," Martinez said. "He has a tremendous wingspan and has the speed to down the ball carrier on the backside."
Washington used to play basketball, but is now concentrating solely on football as that is the sport that he has a future on. He has a very high ceiling that he has yet to reach, but has the work ethic to reach his promise.
In the weight room, Washington's current bench is 250, he squats 450 and his power clean is 260. He's also an excellent student who carries a 3.5 GPA.
Don't be surprised to see his stock rise as the spring evaluation period advances.