Even before Isaiah Washington received an offer from LSU, the Edna Karr defensive end felt the pull of Baton Rouge. Before he made his February commitment to the Tigers, purple and gold were his favorite colors.
The New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr defensive end grew up a fan of LSU. He knows the history, and he knows the tradition. However, when it comes to recruiting he has seen top colleges from across the country enter the picture, and he has not hidden his desire to take a few visits.
He makes it known LSU is the program at the top of his list, but he does have a few schools other than LSU who have also caught his attention.
"My top schools (outside of LSU) would probably be Texas, Florida, Florida State, UCLA, and Oklahoma State," Washington said. "Because I feel like these programs only recruit five-star players and that's why they offered me despite what the media says. They've really proven to me they want me to come in as a freshman, with no redshirt or anything, and play me straight out. And I like that because they have that confidence in me. "
Washington has been invited to camps at Texas, Texas A&M, Florida State, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Oregon, and USC this summer, and he hopes to attend several.
How does LSU feel about the prospects of Washington visiting other schools?
"They really don't want me to, but to me the way it seemed is you can go visit them but you are still going to know there's no place like LSU," Washington said. "LSU has something different about them from any other school."
What makes LSU so different?
"The atmosphere," Washington said. "The fans, the fans are crazy in Tiger Stadium. The community. It's home cooking, it's that Louisiana spirit. You can see why people from outside of Louisiana come in here and stay because it's different from any other school. Others have their own swag and LSU definitely has their own swag."
While Washington would like to attend other camps, right now, he only has plans to camp at LSU this summer. The Tigers were also the first school through the doors at Edna Karr this spring, and Washington took notice
Tulane and Louisiana Tech have also been through, and he knows more are on the way with spring drills just beginning and plenty of talent at Edna Karr.
"It's going great," Washington said. "We have a great team that's loaded with talent. Talent that is playing ACC all the way down to the SEC and the Big 12. We just signed 22 players and that shows how versatile our team is and how strong our team is."