One of the hottest players on the recruiting trail is defensive end Tony Washington (6-4, 232, 4.7) from Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos. He has seen his offers rise to nine with his last two coming from Pac 10 teams.
Washington has offers from Colorado State, UNLV, Hawai'i, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico State, UTEP, Arizona and Oregon State.
The latest offer came this morning from Arizona and Oregon State came yesterday afternoon.
"Tony just gave me a text this morning and Arizona gave him an offer at around 8:30 AM," SGV-IE scouting service facilitator James Escarcega said. "This is just the beginning because he's a very good player."
Washington is elated with the way recruiting is going for him.
"I'm pretty excited about recruiting right now, but I'm not even close to making a decision," Washington said. "I still want to take my visits. I wish I could make an early decision because the process is a headache.
"I'm not planning on going to any camps and I'm not sure if I will be able to take any unofficial visits," Washington said. "I've been invited to everybody's camp, but I haven't been able to attend any."
Washington was very happy to discuss his Oregon State offer when we caught up with him yesterday (Tuesday June 9th).
"It was exciting to get my Oregon State offer," Washington said. "It was good to get an offer from a team in the conference that is close to me and has interest in me.
"I know that Oregon State beat the Trojans last year," Washington said. "They're a little under the radar as a team, but they have proved they can surprise.
"Oregon State runs a 4-3 defense and they like their defensive linemen to run. That's what I'm all about. I'm all about getting after the quarterback."
Does Washington have a leader?
"All of the schools that have offered," Washington said. "I'm excited about. UCLA told me they are close to offering.
"I want to take all five of my official visits," Washington said. "Then I will sit down and talk it over with my family."
Besides being an outstanding football player, Washington gets it done in the classroom, too. He carries a 3.5 GPA. In the weight room, his current bench is 270, he squats 420 and he power cleans 255.
Washington earned first-team all-league and first-team all-county as a junior after accounting for 45 tackles, 11 sacks and two fumble recoveries.