The USC Trojans picked up a player over the weekend with unlimited potential. One of the reasons for USC's tremendous success during the Pete Carroll era is their eye for talent. Once again Carroll and staff plucked a gem in tight end Gerald Washington (6-6, 253, 4.6) from Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Chaffey College.
Washington chose the Trojans over offers from Nebraska and Washington State. He was getting serious recruiting attention from the likes of Oklahoma, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Cal, Utah, Utah State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Kentucky, Louisville and a lot more.
"I still have a lot to learn about the tight end position," Washington said. "I only played one year in high school (Vallejo) and one year here at Chaffey College."
Though Washington is raw he has all the potential to be a great one. Better yet for the Trojans, Washington has the discipline and the work ethic to fulfill his enormous upside.
Washington is a mature young who served his country first before going to college by enlisting in the U.S. Navy for four years.
Washington is the type of player that USC has had outstanding success developing during their awesome run as the nation's No. 1 program.
"I chose USC because I like the Southern California area," Washington said. "I also like the coaches and USC seemed like a perfect fit for me."
"USC offered me verbally last week," Washington said. "They told me they would send their written offer today (May 31)."
It didn't take Washington long to decide that USC was for him.
The Trojans get a player with a very high ceiling. He is very self-motivated. He has the ability to identify what needs to get done and then the will-power to get it done.
Washington is very coachable and takes what he taught and works on perfecting it then applying what he has learned.
As a freshman, Washington caught 15 passes and had one touchdown while playing on team that had two wide receivers that caught approximately 150 passes between them.
Washington has three years to play two and will graduate in December. This is more good news for Trojans. It will allow Washington to participate in spring ball.
Good get for USC.