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Saturday, January 12, 2013
Watch List TE makes early choice

By Gary Laney

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Jacory Washington is the kind of mid-skill athlete with the length inside to be a dominant football player and a force on the hardwood. On Saturday, he made it clear what sport he's going to pursue, and where.

There's little question that for the 2014 ESPN Watch List tight end, football is his better sport and on Saturday, the Westlake (La.) HS product decided where he'll pursue that sport after high school.

Washington committed to LSU Saturday while attending LSU's first big junior day, the "Boys from the Boot" event.

"I just verbally committed to Louisiana State University," he posted to his Facebook page around 2 p.m., just as the bulk of junior day was ending and the players were preparing to head to the Maravich Assembly Center to watch the LSU-Florida basketball game, which completed the one-day event.

"Boys from the Boot" is designed to get Louisiana's top junior players familiar with the recruiting process and to get them and their families acquainted with LSU coach Les Miles and his staff. All 12 Louisiana players on the ESPN Watch List attended.

Washington is the third 2014 commit for LSU, joining Mississippi athlete Devin Voorhies (likely a defensive back) and Texas cornerback Chris Hardeman.

Washington is also the second tight end in two years to commit to LSU from the greater Lake Charles area. Lake Charles, a small metro area of just under 200,000 people, produced an ESPN 150 tight in LSU 2013 commit Desean Smith of Lake Charles/Barbe. Washington will give the area a second major tight end in as many years. Westlake is the hometown of one of the best LSU tight ends of the last 25 years, David LaFleur, who played at LSU, then the Dallas Cowboys, in the 1990s.

Like Smith, Washington is tall (6-foot-5) and possesses good ball skills. The pair promise to transform the position from one LSU has used primarily to create a power-running identity to one where the Tigers might be able to create matchup issues. Two versatile, athletic tight ends could possibly give LSU a power look, or line up wide to give the Tigers a multiple-receiver look.