December 14, 2010

Washington sets CSU visit

Colorado State's search for another offensive weapon has led them to pursue Arlington (Tex.) running back/receiver Lewis Washington and apparently the interest is mutual. Washington said he plans to visit Fort Collins on Jan. 14 and said the Rams are one of the schools he is having the most contact with presently.

"I'm coming to Colorado State on the 14th (of January) and New Mexico on the 21st," Washington said. "I just had the coaches from New Mexico and (Louisiana Tech) come see me recently."

At 5-foot-11 and 203 pounds, Lewis Washington offers 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash and the versatility to play a pair of positions. Washington has bounced between running back and wide receiver over the last two seasons.

At last check this year Washington, the running back, had run for 959 yards and 15 touchdowns, while catching 22 passes for another 154 yards. Washington said his Mansfield Summit football team was bounced from the Texas State Playoffs in the final minute of the second round. Last season he saw most of his time at receiver, where he made 48 grabs for 670 yards and seven scores. He did manage to find time to run 33 times for 335 yards.

"I did end up with First Team All-District running back this year," Washington said. "I didn't get punter this year though. I think I averaged between 40 and 45 yards per kick."

The recruiting battle for Washington is being fought primarily between Rice, New Mexico and Colorado State. Washington said he is looking for an area that is "up-tempo," and holds a lot of things to do, admitting he does get bored easy. On the football field, Washington said he is looking for a balanced offense.

"I just want to play in a system where you get the ball evenly distributed," he said. "I can run, catch, block, I just want to get in the game."

New Mexico has a family connection for Washington as well as a conference Washington likes.

"I like their conference," Washington said of New Mexico. "I've never been up there and that is why I am going up there, to check it out," Washington said. "My big cousin (Stacy Washington) played for them and he lives up there."

Meanwhile, Colorado State is telling Washington they will let him play running back - his preference.

"They (CSU) are telling me they are going to put me at running back," Washington said. "When their coach came to the school, I watched a little video, it was a pretty nice place. He said it doesn't get cold until Jan. so you aren't playing in the cold and snow and stuff. It seemed like a really nice place."
While some schools are after Washington to play running back and others to play receiver, he laughed at the idea of playing cornerback, which was something his high school coaches toyed with this season.

"They put me in for one play, I held the guy and they took me out," Washington laughed. "I played corner like I block and I grabbed the shoulder pads and apparently you can't do that. It didn't work out that great."

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