- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
With less than two minutes to go in the state final, Paramus (N.J.) Catholic broke out of its Wildcat offense and into the shotgun. Lucky for the Paladins, they have two BCS-level receivers on the outside to throw to.
Junior Tyrone Washington caught a 50-yard touchdown with around 90 seconds left to lift Paramus Catholic to a state title, its first in more than a decade.
“I did what I do best and that’s catch the ball,” Washington said. “That’s why I was out there and that’s why I’m a receiver. I gotta do what I do best.”
Washington has offers from Massachusetts and Rutgers, and is hearing from several programs, including Georgia Tech, Miami (Fla.), NC State and South Carolina.
Paramus Catholic also has talented sophomore Najee Clayton, who also has a Rutgers offer. Clayton was instrumental the last two drives, with Paramus Catholic trailing both times. Clayton caught several balls, including a go-ahead 2-point conversion pass late in the game.
He also caught a first-half touchdown.
“First half we wanted to come out and run it down their throats and it was working for the most part,” Clayton said, “but at halftime our coach came up to me and said we’re going to start airing it out.
“We felt our wide receivers are better than their corners and we went out and made plays.”
On top of his Rutgers offer, Clayton is hearing from elite programs such as Alabama, Michigan and USC.
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