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College coaches have taken notice of defensive end Isaiah Washington as they made their way to New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr over the last few years. He is hard to miss at 6-foot-4, 225-pounds with a frame to add on and athleticism to go along with it.
The interest has been there, and his recruitment is picking up steam.
"Right now… I just talked to my coach and he said don't be surprised if one day you walk in the office and USC, Alabama and Florida are in here talking about offering you," Washington said. "Just take it slowly and just know you are in high school and you have to worry about this team before you worry about the next.
"I'm going to handle all my recruiting in the offseason, and once the season starts I'll focus way more on Edna Karr than I will on recruiting and going on visits and stuff like that. Other than that, it's going good. I have a lot of colleges looking at me. I'm getting a lot of mail. It's going good."
He is getting more than mail. Washington received his first offer from Tulane in November and Louisiana Tech offered in late December. Thursday he added another offer, with the Kansas State Wildcats stepping forward.
"I think this is my very first big offer and I think it's very, very good. I like it," Washington said. "It feels like I'm taking steps up. I've been getting letters from them, but I didn't think it was that serious. It caught me off guard a lot."
Washington does not plan to make an early decision saying he may very well wait until signing day, but LSU is one school high on his interest list. Oklahoma State is another program which has caught his attention.
He has not scheduled much on his spring schedule, but he does plan to attend a few junior days.
"I plan on going to as many junior days as I can," Washington said. "Nothing is really scheduled yet. I think I'll be going to ULL, LSU, Tulane, and probably Oklahoma State. I haven't sat down and figured everything out, but those four probably."
Junior days are not the only thing he has planned - he also plans to attend Rivals Camp Series in New Orleans in February. He was one of the first to sign up, and he is ready to compete.
"They haven't seen me yet. I'm on another whole mindset," Washington said. "I feel like I haven't proved myself yet. They don't have me at No. 1 in the nation. I still have to prove myself. I'll go all night if they want me to."
Jason Howell is the Midlands Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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