DeShawn Washington (4-star recruit) – 6’3” 275lbs. – Nederland, TX
The city of Nederland declared yesterday to be DeShawn Washington Day. If you haven’t already, follow him on twitter @OMG_Waterfront.
DeShawn Washington is the state’s top defensive tackle and the 11th best prospect in Texas according to 247sports. He is a consensus 4-star recruit and held offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor, and was getting heavily courted by this powerhouse. His offer list would be much more extensive if he had not shut down his recruitment early and committed to the Aggies on March 2, 2013.
Washington’s junior season saw him earn First Team All-District honors as well as First Team Super Team (Port Arthur News). Over the year, he recorded 75 tackles, 10 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 3 fumble recoveries. During his senior season, he was utilized at tight end as well as on the defensive line. He notched 67 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and 8 sacks while recording 2 touchdowns on offense. The honors continued to pour in with District 20-4A Defensive MVP, Super Team Defensive Player of the Year (Port Arthur News), and Semper Fi All-American.
The 4-star defensive tackle is most known for having a quick and explosive first step. That burst allows him to get upfield extremely fast and consistently make plays in the backfield. This makes him an ideal 3-tech defensive tackle that would compliment a run stopper such as Isaiah Golden. In the Semper Fi All American game he made his presence felt throughout. None of the top offensive lineman in the nation could block him and he seemingly lived in the opponent’s backfield.
Although he does not arrive until this summer, Washington could be an impact player early. The suspension of Isaiah Golden and the possible career ending injury to Ivan Robinson may push the coaches to work him into the rotation from day one. As a result, Washington stands to raise the overall depth and production of the defensive line. A&M desperately lacked any sort of pass rush last year, but Washington could prove to be a crucial piece in solving that problem.