New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr has been a destination for college coaches in search of football talent in the Crescent City, and the Cougars have plenty of it.
In the 2014 class Speedy Noil and Gerald Willis III have been the most hotly pursued but there is plenty of depth to the Edna Karr program. In the 2015 class one budding prospect is defensive end Isaiah Washington.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound defender has played alongside Willis and Oklahoma State commitment Joyan Williams the last few years, and has learned many lessons from the 2014 standouts.
"Every day when we come into work, Joyan Williams, he pushes me every day to get better," Washington said. "If I need tough love he's going to give it to me, if I need advice, especially him and Gerald Willis. They're really like big brothers to me. If it's coming down to crunch time they tell me it's time to step up. I love playing with those guys."
"With Gerald, I noticed and he taught me how to play with my hands a lot," he added. "With Joyan he taught me how to play the three-tech and be aggressive and get off of blocks and shedding a double team. It's a very good experience playing with those two."
Washington is now attracting the attention of college coaches of his own and recently received his first college scholarship offer.
"Recently I got my first offer from Tulane," Washington said. "I'm looking to open up and branch out my offers a lot. I've been in contact with LSU, Auburn, Kansas State, ULL is really on me hard. There's a lot of schools."
Washington took and unofficial visit to LSU for its match-up with Auburn and plans to attend the Tigers game with Texas A&M this weekend. He also took an unofficial visit to Tulane for its game with Tulsa.
LSU has been recruiting Washington the hardest and growing up in New Orleans he admits he grew up a fan of the Tigers.
"When you are born and bred you wake up to a whole experience of Tigerland," Washington said. "When you're growing up it's always LSU, LSU or Tulane. When you have spirit days everybody comes with LSU. On Saturday night's everybody is watching LSU. It's a big part of our tradition down here to support LSU."
As the recruiting process heats up, Washington is ready to take in everything.
"Going through the recruiting process I really love it," Washington said. "I think this is one of the highlights of my high school career. I'm not saying LSU is going to be the choice for me and I'm really open to a lot of other opportunities and colleges. I would like to go anywhere in the United States. Location is not a problem for me. I would like to go to a big name college but I'm not downing any D1 colleges. Then with the recruiting process it just brought a lot to me. It's brought a lot of attention to me. I thank my coaches and my mom and everybody who helped me come to this."