Monday, March 4, 2013
Time to train for Watch List TE Washington
By Gary Laney
Jacory Washington is training to improve his times during workouts.
ZACHARY, La. -- While high school players from all over Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas were timed and tested at the National Underclassmen Combine at Zachary High's football stadium Sunday, ESPN Watch List tight end Jacory Washington (Westlake, La.) took in most of the action from a chair on the sidelines.
"I tested (at a combine) a couple of months ago and I wasn't too impressed with my numbers," the LSU commit said. "So my trainer has me working on getting better at this before I get tested again."
Washington made the two-hour trip simply to participate in the last part of the two-day event: The one-on-one drills.
The 6-foot-5 Washington made a couple of nice catches while working on trying to get free from some of the state's top defensive backs, including 2015 star Xavier Lewis of Reserve, La./East St. John.
"I just want to work on getting off jams and creating space," he said.
When he did come out to work, it was interesting to see how he was attired. He wore a purple shirt and shorts with an LSU logo.
Like LSU commit Devin Voorhies the day before, Washington looked the part of an LSU ambassador until he was asked to put an NUC T-shirt over his purple LSU gear.
Despite that, Washington said he is still listening to recruiting pitches from other schools.
"It's still wide open," he said. "I'm planning on taking visits. I have trips coming up to Ole Miss, Alabama, Texas A&M and UL-Lafayette. So I'm keeping it wide open."
LSU has done its part to keep him solid.
After LSU hired Cam Cameron, a relative of Washington's posted a Facebook picture of Jacory with Cameron during LSU's junior day, noting that Cameron coached Antonio Gates and Dennis Pitta.
"It really was exciting," Washington said of the Cameron hiring. "I'm just hoping I can make the same transition (Gates and Pitta) made."
He was working at just that Sunday. The only thing the day missed was Washington going head-to-head with Voorhies, who projects as either a wide receiver or a safety in college.
On Sunday, Voorhies lined up exclusively at wide receiver, showing nice hands during 1-on-1 drills.