Darien Washington admits he was a little overexcited in Orange (Calif.) Lutheran's season opener Saturday but after a few minutes he calmed down and started making plays.
The Washington commit played safety all game in Lutheran's 42-7 victory over South Jordan (Utah) Bingham and he made a bunch of tackles and established himself as a head hunter who loves to come up and make big hits.
Washington, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect, said he's really happy not only to get the win but to also dominate the way Lutheran did against a quality opponent at the Mission Viejo Kickoff Classic.
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"I'm really proud," Washington said. "We worked all summer and all spring and every practice was a grind. It really showed out here. We played well as a defense and an offense.
"It kind of got me early on, I was playing a little too overaggressive but as the game went on I mellowed out and everything went well. I was excited, senior year, first game and I came out fired up but I calmed down and everything went well."
Washington committed to the Huskies in May and since then Colorado has offered and other Pac-12 schools have gotten involved but the three-star prospect seems content with his decision.
Prior to Orange Lutheran's game on Saturday he even talked to some Washington coaches who wished him good luck.
"I talked to them earlier (Saturday) so that was good," Washington said. "They wished me good luck and they just told me to play well."
His decision was not difficult since Washington wanted to get out of state and once he visited the school it seemed like the perfect fit.
"I wanted to get out of California," said Washington, who said his only official visit will be with the Huskies.
"The other thing was it was nice scenery and the school itself was so beautiful and that's something I'm not really used to out here. As far as football goes, I really felt at home with the coaches. They really made me feel a part of them and I'm not even there yet. They really sold me on that."