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Junior RB Keyon Washington has interest

11/8/2012

Paramus (N.J.) Catholic has two talented junior running backs in Jabrill Peppers and Keyon Washington. Each considers the other his brother now, but the two were not so fond of each other growing up.

“Growing up I played for the East Orange Jaguars and he played for the East Orange Rams and we were rivals growing up. We didn’t like each other that much,” Washington said.

In eighth grade, the two finally were on the same team and patched things up quickly.

“We knew if we wanted to win a championship we had to come together somehow,” Washington. “We came together like ‘Let’s go play football.’ ”

While Washington is not attracting the attention Peppers is, colleges are taking notice of the shorter back. At 5-foot-6, Washington lacks ideal height, but colleges are still interested in at least bringing him in for visits at this point.

Maryland, Pittsburgh and Rutgers have all been in contact with Washington, who had about 400 yards rushing around midseason. Naturally, college coaches want to see him get bigger before taking the next step.

“They like my agility and change of direction. They just want to see me get bigger,” Washington said.

Only 16 years old, Washington hopes his growth spurt is still coming and he can reach 5-foot-8 and add another 15 pounds to get to 180.