Washington Travels Recruiting Trail

Tony Washington

Tony Washington's next official visit will be to Oregon on Oct. 3 when the Ducks take on Washington State. "I like how (defensive coordinator) coach Nick Aliotti runs the defense," Washington said. "He likes his ends to move around and do different things. They are good at catching the offense off guard." Washington is impressed with how the Ducks have rebounded from their Boise State loss.

Tony Washington, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound three-star defensive end from Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., took his first official visits on Sept. 12 to UTEP when the Miners faced Kansas.

"It was a good experience," Washington said. "The city was different that I expected. I thought it was going to be a bunch of dry, flat land but it's actually in the city and a pretty good environment. I like how the stadium is built into the hills."

The Miners were the first school to offer Washington last spring.

"It's a great family atmosphere over there," he said. "I love how the coaches are there for the players and they are all together."

His next official visit will be to Oregon on Oct. 3 when the Ducks take on Washington State.

"I like how (defensive coordinator) coach Nick Aliotti runs the defense," he said. "He likes his ends to move around and do different things. They are good at catching the offense off guard."

Washington says he's impressed with how the Ducks have been able to rebound following their season opening loss to Boise State. "They started shaky," Washington admitted. "But now they're rolling on all cylinders. I had a feeling about them and I knew they'd be good."

But Oregon isn't the only school from the Beaver State that Washington will be visiting. On Nov. 14, he'll head back to the northwest for an official visit of Oregon State.

"(Defensive line) coach Joe Seumalo tells me how it is," he said. "He says I'd fit in well with them because of my speed and he loves how I go after it. They have a pretty good program and seem to do well every year."

Washington also has an official visit scheduled to Arizona on Oct. 24 when the Wildcats host UCLA. "I know that Arizona had a young team last year, but they are looking really mature this year," he said.

"I can't wait to go there and see how the defense looks in person," he said. "I also like (linebacker) coach Tim Kish. He was an early believer in me and says I have a chance to play early for them. He likes my size and speed a lot."

Washington still denies a favorite amongst Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona and UTEP. All have offered as well as Arizona State, Colorado State, UNLV, Hawaii, San Diego State, Nevada and Idaho.

"I want to check the schools out for myself and take my visits," he said. "I probably won't commit or anything until after all my visits."

Growing up, Washington says he always followed UCLA. "Me and my dad would watch them all the time," he said. "I always dreamed about playing there, but now that I'm being recruited I'll have to stop rooting for them."

He says the Bruins are recruiting him but haven't offered yet. "There's a bunch of schools that I'm still hearing from," he said. "UCLA, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Washington, Washington State and Colorado are all keeping in contact. They just say that they plan on keeping an eye on me this year."

In four games, Washington has around 36 tackles and two sacks. Los Osos is currently 1-3.

As a junior, Washington finished his season with 60 tackles and eight sacks.

"My speed is good and I'm pretty quick too," he said. "I have a big wing span and great football IQ. I'm more of a finesse-type player and want to be more aggressive.

"I'm also trying to get better at getting off the ball," he said. "That's my number one thing."

Washington benches 270-pounds, squats 455 and has a 40-inch vertical jump.

He reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 1400 SAT.

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