- David Helman, Reporter, RecruitingNation
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Like most high school football players in Louisiana, 2014 tight end prospect Jacory Washington (Westlake, La./Westlake) has had to wait an extra week for his high school season to start.
Washington's Westlake team is based near Lake Charles, La., mostly out of the way of Hurricane Isaac's path through Louisiana. But Westlake's Week 1 opponent, Eleanor McMain, is based in New Orleans. The Warriors, like so many other teams in the state, had their opener canceled.
Washington is one of the top juniors in the state, with interest coming from the likes of Alabama, Texas A&M and obviously the home state school, LSU. He took the opportunity from the cancellation to drive to Baton Rouge for LSU's home opener against North Texas. The trip to Tiger Stadium is just a two-hour drive from Lake Charles -- one Washington said he'd have likely made even with a game Friday. But the bye week made for an eventful trip to campus.
"It was really nice. They showed all the recruits a lot of love -- it was nice," Washington said. "I just knew going in LSU was going to win, so it wasn't a surprise."
It wasn't a surprise to see how the storm affected the turnout at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers only handled about eight recruits all weekend, and several of those were already commits for LSU's 2013 class. The small numbers allowed the coaching staff to focus on their visitors. Washington is being recruited by LSU wide receivers coach Adam Henry, but he was able to meet with more than just him.
"There were only about two handfuls of recruits, so I talked to pretty much all the coaches," he said. "It was just a great day. The food was excellent -- they had everything. It was off the chain."
The time off also gave Washington some continued time to heal. The tight end has been dealing with a hamstring injury since the summer -- the injury actually hampered him from working out at LSU's July recruiting camp, where he earned his offer from the Tigers. Although it's still not quite behind him, Washington said he'll definitely be ready to go for Westlake's Week 2 game against Abbeville this weekend.
"I'm still going to therapy and rehabbing it, but I'm out there practicing, I'm out there playing," he said. "I'm just trying to get 100 percent, but it's not going to affect me at all."
It doesn't look like it, as offers continue to roll in for Washington. He already held scholarship offers from Arkansas, Illinois and Ole Miss, among others. Just in the past few days since his visit to Baton Rouge, he's collected offers from San Diego State, UCLA, Indiana and Vanderbilt.
Washington said it's too early for him to have any real favorites. But with a visit to LSU under his belt, he's got other stops in mind. He said he'll be in College Station, Texas, this weekend for the Aggies' SEC opener against Florida.
"That should be exciting," he said.
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