Throw Him The Ball

Raphael Washington

With the top running back in the country behind him, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure tight end Raphael Washington is hoping to be utilized in the offense more, but knows there are other ways for him to contribute...

With one of the premier running back duos in the country behind him, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure tight end Raphael Washington (6-5, 255) may not see a whole lot of passes come his way, but he knows that any chance he gets to catch a ball, he'll capitalize on it.

"I've got pretty good hands, so I'm going to make sure when they throw it to me, I make some plays," said Washington.

Washington will block for the top-ranked running back in the country, Darrell Scott and an elite junior prospect, Patrick Hall, and the Seraphs game plan will be to run, run and run some more. So Washington will also make some contributions on the defensive side of the ball.

"I'll play defensive end this year. I went to the USC Lineman camp and worked with the defensive ends and defensive tackles," said Washington.

At the skill camp, Washington worked with the tight ends, doing the same at the Rising Senior Camp, where he also worked with the fullbacks.

Three schools have offered him, and most are looking at him as an athlete.

"Oregon State, Washington and Nevada have offered me, but I'm hearing from almost the whole Pac-10. I'm planning on taking a visit to Nevada too," said Washington.

Aside from his three offers, Cal, USC, UCLA and Oregon round out his top seven.

"I'm not really having a time frame, I'm not in a big rush. When I feel good about it I'll commit," said Washington.

Last fall, Washington had 15 receptions for 132 yards and scored three touchdowns for the Seraphs. This fall, they're one of the top teams in the country.

"We're ready to play," said Washington. "Last year didn't go how we wanted it to. We want to win another championship."

Academically, Washington said he had a strong junior year which should make for easy qualifying. He'll take the SAT this fall. Recommended Stories

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