July 14, 2008

Sophomore sensation has UGA's attention

Jackson (TN) Trinity Christian athlete Jabriel Washington is getting attention like he will be entering his senior year in the coming months. Instead, he is only a rising sophomore and he has already reeled in five verbal offers with more on the way. Washington camped at Georgia in June and the Dawgs made a big early impression.

"I was Georgia's camp for three days in June and I worked at receiver and corner," said Washington. "I probably spent about half a day more working on defense than I did offense, but I got a lot of work at each."

On defense, the 2011 athlete worked under Georgia's Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach Willie Martinez. Martinez taught Washington a lot when he had him at corner.

"I really like Coach Martinez a lot. He is a fiery guy and he is definitely the kind of coach I want to play for. I got to know him pretty well and I just tried to impress him. The footwork drills gave me a little trouble, but I think I did pretty good. I learned a lot about foot placement and coverages too."

The position Washington is most familiar with is receiver. He worked for with Coach John Eason during the camp as well. He learned some new routes during his time with the UGA receivers coach and that is the position he would prefer at this time.

"I think I could be a better wide receiver and that is probably where I would like to play," he stated. "I like making plays and I think I just like that position a little more right now. I would play whatever position coaches wanted me to, but receiver would be the one I would choose if I could right now."

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound athlete plays all over the field in high school as a freshman. He had over 1,200 total yards and 13 touchdowns on offense while making 34 tackles and picking off four passes on defense. That kind of play has led to five early offers.

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