Three-star defensive end Tony Washington (6-4, 235, 4.7) from Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos took his first official visit to UTEP in early September and enjoyed that visit. The Miners are still very much in the hunt for his services. He visited Oregon this past weekend and it appears that visit went well, too.
"Oregon went really well," Washington said. "I was able to see what the city (Eugene) was like since it was my first time up there in Oregon. I was able to see how the people were like. I was able to see the players and see how they are as a team, if they were a bunch of individuals or if they were actually a good family and that's what they were. That's what I wanted and liked to see.
During his visit, Washington spoke with the Oregon coaches about where he would fit in if he ultimately chose the Ducks.
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"They (Oregon coaches) told me I'm going to be their standup defensive end," Washington said. "Sometimes he puts his hand on the grass, sometimes he's standing up, and sometimes he goes back in coverage. He's more like a rushing linebacker. It is the position that Kenny Rowe plays right now.
Despite two more official visits scheduled, Washington admitted he came close to committing to Oregon during his trip.
"I was really thinking about committing. The recruits more than anything were pushing me to commit," Washington said. "They were saying, 'why don't you commit, why don't you commit' and I was no I still need to think about things, but Oregon sure had me thinking.
Washington will visit Arizona on Oct. 23 and Oregon State on Nov. 14.
"What I like about Oregon State is the way that Coach Joe Seumalu, how he likes his ends go up and rush," Washington said. "I like how Coach Mark Stoops, down in Arizona runs his defense and they were always an early believer in me. That means a lot to me.
"I'm thinking about taking a fifth visit, but it's not for sure yet. We don't really know what school that would be."
What could be the deciding factor for Washington?
"I want to be at a place where I fit in the best," Washington said. "And have the biggest bond with my coaches and fellow players."
On the playing field, Washington and his Los Osos teammates are currently 1-3, two of the three losses were tough games.
In one game, Los Osos lost 17-10, but they didn't score until the fourth quarter and in the other loss, Los Osos lost in overtime by three. It appears they are a young team that needs to learn how to win and finish teams off.
Though Washington gets a ton of attention from the opposition, he still has 34 tackles and two sacks in four games.
Washington was selected to the Rivals.com California Preseason Top 100 team for the class of 2010 landing as a the Golden State's No. 76 prospect at any position.