September 2, 2010

Washington looks to rebound in Week 2

Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Marshall athlete DeAndre Washington is preparing for the second game of his senior season as they'll take on Klein Forest tonight. After going down in the season opener last week, Washington is glad to have the "first game nerves" out of the way.

"I'm not really worried about last week. I think we've got a good team this year and we just had a lot of 'first game' type of things going on. A lot of the guys were pretty nervous and we had some pregame jitters. I hope we've gotten that out of the way now," Washington said. "We have a big game this week and I feel like we have the chance to go out there and dominate. Hopefully we can get that bad taste out of our mouths from the loss. We came out kind of slow and tried to come back late, but it wasn't enough. When you start out slow it's really hard to catch up with the opponent."

Individually, Washington rushed for 101 yards on 19 carries, scoring a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Like any quality team-player, his personal feeling of accomplishment is always going to be predicated upon the final score. "Individually, I'm just trying to do anything to get my team wins and I didn't do enough last week. So, I wasn't happy with my performance from that standpoint. We're all looking to improve in the second game."

Washington has continued to hear from programs like Arizona, Baylor, Boise State, and Oklahoma State recently. He also stays in frequent contact with the staff in Lubbock, mostly in an effort to schedule an official visit to West Texas. "We've been trying to get that finalized for the past few weeks," he said. "I'm pretty sure that I'm going to do it after the season. I want to have time to spend with the coaches and just not be rushed through it. I won't have to worry about my season then, and they won't be worrying about theirs so we should have more time to concentrate on our relationships."

"I'm definitely going to try and make it to a couple of home games, unofficially. I want to get up there as many times as I can and be a part of that environment, for sure. I hear it's as good as anywhere so I'll check out as many games as I can, but I'm probably going to wait until after the season is over to visit officially."

The 5-foot-9, 183-pounder committed to Texas Tech in early August, something he indicated was part of the plan to avoid distractions during the season. "That was a huge part of why I committed when I did. I wanted to make a decision before the season and stick with it. I wanted to go into my senior year one-hundred percent comfortable and confident in the school I wanted to go to."

"I felt like I've done that and Texas Tech is the place for me to be. So, I'm not even thinking about recruiting during the season. I'm a Red Raider all the way so I can play this year with no worries."

Washington committed to Texas Tech over offers from Arizona, Baylor, Boise State, Colorado, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas State, Louisville, Memphis, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, and Vanderbilt.

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