September 23, 2008

Washington back in action

Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista running back Marcus Washington returned to action several weeks ago after being out of action for most of the year with an injured shin. He helped his team rebound from an opening season loss to win two straight including a 21-20 victory over Chandler on Friday.

Washington was swarmed every time he touched the ball in the first half, usually hit by one or more defenders behind the line of scrimmage. In the second half, however, he had a bit more success, and he said he's beginning to feel as though he's getting back to full strength.

"Yeah. I think I'm coming back pretty well just for being out such a long," Washington said. "[The shin guard] is saving me a lot. I've taken some pretty big hits to the shin. Everything seems to be doing good though so I'm happy about that. I'm getting more and more confidence with it."

Desert Vista was able to stop Chandler from a late two-point conversion that would have given the visiting Wolves a lead and likely victory. Devon Kennard, the nation's No. 1 defensive end and a teammate of Washington's, was able to get to quarterback Kyle Yount for a sack, when Chandler lined up incorrectly for the play.

"Whoa, my gosh that was a miracle," Washington said. "Once that happened we were all pumped up and stuff. We just kept believing and once Devon got that sack it meant we just can't stop believing. Last year we had like all these [college] prospects and all that stuff, and expected us to get to state. This season started pretty rough. We don't have as much [elite] talent but we still have a few big guys and I still think people might underestimate us."

A day after the game, the 6-foot, 195 pound Washington was in attendance for the ASU match up against Georgia. He's been an unofficial visitor at every Sun Devil game this season.

"When I was there I was pretty amazed," Washington said. "They (ASU) actually did pretty good. They were holding them back for a while. Georgia had that receiver, the true freshman (A.J. Green) who was really good and he and the quarterback kept connecting. ASU's offense wasn't able to do as well. They got pretty close and couldn't see to get them."

Washington, the No. 36 running back prospect nationally and 12 recruit in Arizona's 2009 class by, said he has been studying for his first SAT attempt, which is early next month. After, he will consider official visits. He has reported offers from ASU, Arizona, UNLV and Utah, with Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State showing interest, among others.

"I still don't know what I'm going to do exactly," he said. "The schools recruiting me are pretty much the same ones. I'm still getting attention from them. I just wanted to get back to playing well and have some big games and see what happens. I might get some of my [senior film] out to see if I get any other offers and then just go from there.

"ASU is still a school I really like. Before I visit or make any decisions I'm going to talk to my parents. We'll just sit down and go over everything and figure it out, probably after I take the SAT I'll know more about what I'm going to do with visits and everything."

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