DESTREHAN, La. - One of the names that has been on the list of recruiters for quite sometime is Destrehan, La. defensive tackle Chaz Washington. He has picked up a number of offers and has the ability to break a game open.
"I get off the ball real quick and I am always aware of where the ball is at," Washington said. "I don't think I really have any weaknesses. There are always areas you can improve, but I wouldn't say I'm weak in any one area. My motor never stops, I give it 110-percent every play."
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Washington runs the 40-yard dash in five seconds, has a 325-pound bench press and 450-pound squat.
"This summer I worked out with Tom Shaw and he helped me get me 40 down to a 4.8," Washington said. "I have been playing defensive tackle most of my career, but I hope to be able to make the move to defensive end in college."
Washington is ranked as the No. 14 player in Louisiana and the No. 31 defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com.
"I know that I am going to be going to Miami, Oklahoma and USC for official visits," Washington said. "I haven't set a date, but those are places I want to go to. I really like coach Coker at Miami, I enjoyed being in his company when I met him.
Coach Blake at Nebraska is a real cool guy. I call him every once in a while just to talk about whatever, not just football stuff. I have met coach Washington at Tennessee and he seems like a great guy. Pete Carroll came out here in the spring and that was wild. He's an awesome guy and really gave me some encouraging words."
As a junior he collected 65 tackles, 10 sacks, 10 tackles for loss and recovered two fumbles.
"Right now I am having fun with the process and trying to stay humble," Washington said. "I am enjoying meeting people and I look forward to taking all of my visits and everything. It is probably going to be a while before I make a decision."