November 3, 2010

Texas running back to visit CSU

Despite verbal commitments from three running backs and a fullback in the recruiting class of 2010, the Colorado State football team is maintaining contact with a versatile athlete out of Arlington, Texas in hopes of adding another explosive athlete to the offense.

At 5-foot-11 and 203 pounds, Lewis Washington offers 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash and the versatility to play a pair of positions. Washington is listed as an athlete in the database after playing both running back and wide receiver over the past two seasons.

As a sophomore, Washington ran for 468 yards and seven touchdowns, while catching another 19 passes for 303 yards. Last season he saw more time at receiver, where he made 48 grabs for 670 yards and seven scores. He did manage to find time to run 33 times for 335 yards. This season, he is playing almost exclusively running back for the 7-2 Mansfield Summit football team.

"I am just learning how to play running back full-time," Washington said. "I had been playing both running back and receiver, but I am playing running back almost full-time this year. They are going to let me play corner on Friday too."

Washington said he is planning on coming to school as a running back, but that could change.

"Most of the (college) coaches are telling me I can play whichever I want, running back or receiver, but you know how that goes. Whenever you get there they will put you where they need you the most," he said

Washington claims scholarship offers from Colorado State, Rice, North Texas, Minnesota and Arkansas State. He said he has yet to take any visits, but told that he plans to see Fort Collins at the end of December. The future teacher/coach said he has an idea of what he will be looking for when he gets there.

"I talked to them (CSU coaches) last week or two weeks ago when they were getting ready to play TCU," Washington said. "I looked them up on the internet and it looks like they have a real nice area. I haven't gotten to watch them play yet.

"The first thing I want to see (when he gets to Fort Collins) is what the campus is like and what the school is like too. I do want to get a job someday too. It is not just all about football. I want to see what the campus is like."

While Washington's measurables are impressive, he said he offers an attitude on the field, which is somewhat unusual for a running back.

"I love contact," Washington said. "One of my favorite things is when linebackers blitz, I love it. I don't know why, but picking up blitzes is one of my favorite things."

Washington said he was not concerned about the distance from Fort Collins to his home in Arlington, pointing out his parents will come to Colorado for games. He did say he would check up on just how far away the campus is from home and who the Rams will play in Texas on future schedules.

"Right now I like everybody," Washington said when asked if any favorites have developed. "I haven't made a decision. It hasn't been something I have thought about. Once I get through my senior year of football I'll start to worry about college stuff."

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