Long Beach Jordan (CA) junior athlete Jordan Washington really flared up for us this year and has a chance to develop[ in to one of the nation’s top prospects in not just one but two sports.
Last Spring, Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive back Rodrick Pleasant created a ton of buzz with his blistering times on the track including a 10.14 personal best and a 10.30 time that won a State Championship.
Washington was right behind him, finishing second at the state meet with a 10.44 time and four other sub 10.40 times during the season with a 10.31 personal best. His explosiveness has definitely carried over to the football field and he’s a threat to score every time he touches the rock.
In five games, he has just 36 carries but has made the most of them, rushing for 555 yards (15.4 ave) and 10 touchdowns. He has seven catches for 125 yards and two more scores and returned a kickoff 91 yards for another score.
In Wilson’s first game, Washington didn’t actually play any running back at all.
“The coaches wanted me at receiver,” Washington said. “That opener is the game I had the kickoff return for a touchdown and after that , they decided to move me back to running back where I played my sophomore year.
“I played both ways last year and will be playing corner this season too. I like running back but I like corner too. I’ll play anywhere and most schools are recruiting me as an athlete right now and that’s totally fine with me.”
Washington wasn’t exactly a sleeper coming in to this season. He rushed for 829 yards and 10 touchdowns last season and added another 212 yards on kick returns. He was an impact player in the secondary as well with 76 tackles and five interceptions including two he returned for touchdowns.
He does look like a different player this year, physically stronger, more developed and playing with a high level of confidence.
At about 5-10, 170 pounds, Washington has a frame that might be more suited for corner at the next level but he’s so good with the ball in his hands and such a game breaker, it would be tough to not give him a handful of touches on the offensive side of the ball.
On the recruiting front, Washington picked up an offer from Oregon over the weekend. The Ducks joined earlier offers from Arizona, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii and Washington State. Nevada and Oregon State are a few other schools who have reached out and we would bet his offer list hits double digits before the season is over.
“The offer from Oregon was a big one for me,” Washington said. “I’ve always liked Oregon and they’re definitely one of my favorite schools right now.
“I plan to run track and play football in college and Oregon has a strong program in both sports. I’ve never visited before but that’s one school I really want to see. They like me as a running back and coach Locklyn is my lead recruiter. I like him and look forward building the relationship there.”
Washington said Arizona and Hawaii have offered as a running back while Colorado State, Fresno State and Washington State have all offered as an athlete.
“Arizona is another school I want to visit,” Washington said. “I talk with coach Graham a lot and they’re recruiting me really hard. He sends me a bible verses and I just have a really good connection with him.
“Growing up, I was actually a big UCLA fan but I haven’t heard from them yet. My parents liked UCLA a lot and would take me to games but I haven’t heard from them or USC so far. I definitely have interest in both local schools but I know it’s early in the process and there’s still a long way to go.”