Raphael Washington, the 6-foot-4, 253-pound two-star tight end/defensive end from St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, Calif., has helped lead his team to a 11-1 record and a spot in the sectional semifinals. They take on Saugus on Dec. 1.
Washington now favors Oregon solidly over UCLA, USC, North Carolina, Nevada and Oregon State - however the Ducks, Bruins and Trojans haven't offered yet.
"I really haven't heard from UCLA in over a month," Washington said. "USC called me a few weeks ago and said they like me as an athlete and possibly see me as a defensive end. I'll play defense if I have to, but I love playing offense. I have more passion for offense.
"I was gonna go to the USC/UCLA game this weekend, but we have our playoff game that day, plus I'm taking the SAT in the morning," he said. "It's gonna be a busy day."
Washington doesn't have any official visits set yet, but plans to schedule one to Oregon soon. "They've been talking to me a lot," he said. "As soon as I take my SAT I'll be able to schedule an official visit. It may be in December or January, they just wanted to make sure my grades are intact.
"I've been doing tremendous this year and have close to a 3.0 GPA this semester," he said. "I'll most definitely qualify."
The Ducks are recruiting Washington as a tight end. "They haven't talked about a scholarship yet or anything, but they told me they really want me to come on a visit. They are definitely number one right now," he said. "I love the passion the team has and how hard they play and practice. I could really see myself playing there.
"If they come through with an offer, I'd commit," he said. "It's just one of those heartbeat-type schools. It's a dream school."
The latest school to offer Washington is North Carolina. "They offered me about two weeks ago," he said. "They called my coach and said they've got an offer for me if I'm interested. I remember talking to them over the summer and they seem to really like me. I'm really adjusted to living on the West Coast, but I'd like to check them out and give them a look."
Washington reports a 2.8 core GPA and is taking the SAT on Dec. 1.