July 27, 2006

Washington has a leader; skips LSU camp

One of Louisiana's top offensive linemen decided to stay at home instead of attending a LSU camp this past weekend. With Ole Miss as his leader, Alex Washington has attended camps in Oxford and at Louisiana Tech this summer.

"I was suppose to go, they have been asking me come to their camp but I decided to stay at home," Washington said Wednesday night. "I spoke to Coach Searles recently and he told me that he would come watch me play this fall and try to decide whether they were going to offer me or not. LSU was previously my favorite but they have fell off my list some and Ole Miss is my new leader."

Washington attended camp at Ole Miss in June and came away very impressed with all he learned from new offensive line coach Art Kehoe.

"It was a great camp and I had a great time at Ole Miss," Washington said. "I learned a lot from Coach Kehoe. I don't think you can find a better offensive line coach to learn from. He spent 27 years at Miami and he has such a great way of teaching you stuff."

Washington plans on making a final decision on where he attends school sometime after the conclusion of his senior season or perhaps at an all-star game if he is selected to participate in.

Washington, a 6-foot-4, 315 pound offensive lineman from Carroll High School in Monroe (LA) projects as a guard but feels he can play anywhere along the offensive line.

He has an offer from Ole Miss and says he's added offers recently from Grambling State and Southern and is hearing from just about all the SEC schools.

Washington earned second team all district honors last fall and was recently named to Tom Lemming's Pre-season All-American team.

"I love everything about Ole Miss," Washington said. "The coaching staff, the facilities and the campus. It's a great place."

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