March 29, 2008

Washington picks up Sun Devil offer

Over the last few years Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista has produced some of west's top recruits. Names like Zach Miller and Devon Kennard are very familiar to Sun Devil fans. One of the names from the class of 2009 that fans should remember is Marcus Washington, who plays running back for the Thunder.

The 6-foot-1 195-pounder has been hearing from a number of schools, including Alabama, Arizona, ASU, Colorado, Oregon and Oregon State, UNLV, Washington and Wyoming.

On Thursday, Washington found out he picked up his first two offers.

"I found out from my coach that Arizona has an offer in the mail and that ASU called him to offer me last night," Washington said. "I am excited about it and I am going to be attending ASU's junior day."

Washington is running track right now and is on one of the better 4x100 meter teams in the state.

Some of the early standouts in Washington's recruitment are Alabama, Arizona, ASU, Colorado, Oregon and UNLV.

While not in a rush to make a decision, Washington said he knows what factors are important for him.

"I think I want to go all through to the end and take all of my visits," Washington said. "The number one thing for me is going to be academics and I want to play for a good coaching staff and a good team."

Desert Vista is coming off a good year that ended in the state semifinals versus rival Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep. Washington said the Thunder are getting ready for a big 2008 as well.

"We should be real good, we have some good freshmen coming up," Washington said. "We have some good lineman coming up and in the backfield we will have me and Devon (Kennard)"

Washington, who describes himself as a back who can run effectively inside and outside ,has set a personal goal of rushing for 1000 yards in 2008. A running back for his entire high school career, Washington is keeping his options open on a college position.

"I want to play running back" Washington said. "If they wanted me to play defense I will play defense."

With a busy schedule because of track, Washington has only been to one junior day so far but he will attend ASU's, and has hopes of going to others.

"I went to UNLV's junior day," Washington said. "I was invited to Wyoming's junior day but I can't go because I have a track meet that weekend in California but I still hoping to go to some more."

Growing up in Phoenix, Washington said he is a fan of the hometown Sun Devils. As such, he was naturally excited to find out the school had extended a scholarship invitation.

"It's a great place and they have a pretty good program," Washington said. "I am excited that they have offered me."

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