November 24, 2008

DeSoto OL gaining national interest

DeSoto junior offensive tackle Evan Washington didn't start playing football until last spring, but he's making up for lost time in a big way. Despite the fact that Washington is the son of former NFL defensive lineman Marvin Washington, his first love has always been basketball instead of football.

As a result, Washington has spent most of his athletic career on the hardwood instead of the gridiron. Ironically enough, however, Washington's lack of height became an issue between he and his father over the direction that Washington's athletic career should take. Washington had obtained a height of "only" 6-foot-5 by spring and as result both he and his father agreed that he should try out for football.

Washington's move has paid big dividends for both himself and the Golden Eagles. He was given the starting right offensive tackle job in the spring and has held it ever since. In fact, the 290 pound Washington has played it well enough to help DeSoto to the second round of the playoffs where they lost to Dallas Skyline Saturday.

Washington has scholarship offers from Texas Tech, Miami, Kansas State and Houston.

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