Raphael Washington, the 6-foot-4, 253-pound two-star tight end/defensive end from St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, Calif., says he knows where he wants to go - he's just waiting for the offer.
"If Oregon offered me, I'd commit," Washington said. "I really want to go there. I'll wait as long as it takes. I know I'm on the edge with them, so I just need to make it happen."
Washington, ranked as the No. 75 tight end in the country by Scout.com, says the reason that the Ducks haven't offered yet are his uncertain academics. "They tell me to make sure to keep my grades up and to make sure I qualify. My GPA is close to a 3.0, but I still haven't gotten my SAT results (from Dec. 1) yet.
"I've talked with them about taking an official visit and I hope to get up there sometime between Jan. 7 - 14. It'll probably the weekend of the 11th.
"I love everything about Oregon," he said. "The fans are unbelievable and they just go nuts there. There's just something about that yellow and green that I love. Being a Duck would be incredible."
However, if Washington's dream of being a Duck doesn't come true, he just may head to in-state rival Oregon State. "They've offered me and I'll probably visit them in January too," he said. "I like the whole program and I have a homey up there already (soph linebacker Dwight Roberson). He really likes it and has a lot of great things to say about them. He says the coaches are the real deal and told me to choose smart.
"He said to make sure that I like the area that I'm in because I'll be there for a long time," he said. "Plus he told me to talk to the coaches and get to know them better outside of football and what they are like as people and stuff. I talk to him a lot and he's been a big help to me."
Behind Oregon and Oregon State, Washington also likes Nevada and UCLA, but the Bruins are not recruiting him. He says that he also has offers from Nevada, UNLV and North Carolina.
Washington reports a 2.8 core GPA and is awaiting his Dec. 1 SAT results.