Washington, a Karr senior defensive end, recorded 51 tackles, 28 assists, 13 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 18 quarterback hurries, 2 forced fumbles and recovered two fumbles. The 6-foot-4, 260 pound four-star recruit committed to LSU in February 2014, becoming one of the first players in the Tigers’ 2015 recruiting class.
What was it about LSU that made you commit so early?
It’s D-line U (University). Where was there to go? When you go to LSU, you are basically guaranteed to go to the league (NFL). I wanted to go there and go ball with my dudes like Donnie (Alexander), Leonard (Fournette) and Malachi (Dupre). I have been going there since I was a freshman, and I knew it was a family atmosphere. A lot of people ask me about the coaches leaving, but I was committing with or without them.
How hectic was the recruiting process?
It was tough because I didn’t know who really wanted me. You don’t know if schools really want you or if they just want you because they couldn’t get this person or that person. Even with LSU, at first I didn’t know if they really wanted me or if they just wanted me because they didn’t get Gee (former Karr teammate Gerald Willis). But they called me a lot and kept sending me mail, and that was really meaningful.
Q: LSU is the only visit you’re taking. A lot of guys take other visits just to do it. What made you decide not to do that?
Because when you do that, you are playing with people’s jobs, with other people’s opportunities and with people’s money. If I go somewhere and my flight costs $1,000 or $2,000, that’s money they could be using on somebody else. I would rather not play with a school like that. I would rather just keep it real. That’s why I just cut off all communications with people.
What did you think about your career at Karr, which included a state title your sophomore season?
I feel like my career at Karr was tremendous. If I didn’t do something, it wasn’t meant to happen. I feel like Karr put me in all the right positions and places to succeed. My career at Karr doesn’t end when I leave here. It ends when I am in the Hall of Fame or when I’m done.
What football players do you look up to?
Jadeveon Clowney and Julius Peppers. They have passion for the game. They always had a different swag about themselves and they stood out.
What made you wear No. 91?
I want to make that a brand. A lot of people don’t have that number so I wanted to be myself.
Who is your favorite person to follow on Twitter?
I don’t get on social media like that. It will get you in trouble. I just stay away from it. Too many ways to get caught up. You can easily tweet something and get your scholarship taken away.
What made you decide to join the track team this year at Karr? (He’s throwing the shot put)
I just came out here to work and get better for trying to win a national championship. That’s all I’m here for. I thank the coach for giving me the opportunity. He knows I am not going anywhere in track, but he is giving me the chance to do something that will help me get better so I’m doing it.
What do you think about the recruiting class LSU has coming in?
I feel like my class, 2016, 2017 and 2018 are all setting up for a dominant run. We are about to take the world by storm. A lot of people are talking about TCU, but you have to look at all the guys we’ve got. I feel like we can all play big-boy football because we are from the South. I feel like we should have the No. 1 class this year, next year and the following year. I think we will be No. 1 in the nation four years running. That’s why I’m coming to LSU. That will be the best opportunity to get me to the pros, four national championships and a degree.
You seem to really to be focused and to have your head on straight. Where did that come from?
That’s just the way we were taught at Karr. You can’t take anything for granted. Even when we were on the field, we knew we couldn’t take anything for granted. Even if we lost a game, it wasn’t because we took a team for granted.