November 9, 2006

State's top player is the next big thing

The class to end all classes.

That's what many are claiming when discussing the future of recruiting in the state of Texas in 2008. Not since 2002 when the Lone Star State produced five five-star recruits, including All-Americans like Vince Young, Rod Wright and Justin Blalock, has a recruiting class emerged with so much top-end talent at such an early point of the evaluation process.

The identities of the top prospects have already become household names. Gilmer athlete Justin Johnson, Paris offensive lineman Stephen Good, Van running back Jermie Calhoun and Klein offensive lineman J.B. Shugarts have already been built to be potential five-star prospects.

However, it was another player that debuted in the top spot of the Lone Star Recruiting Top 100 list last week. In a year when the battle for the top spot will be as fierce as any in the last 10 years, Keller Fossil Ridge defensive end R.J. Washington is the original pole sitter.

Of course, when talking to Washington there's no question that he's comfortable in the high-profile role.

"I kind of expected it," Washington said this week. "I had heard some people say that this season. It's an honor for anyone to say that and I want to make sure that live up to the talk. Coach Washington doesn't allow me to waste my potential. They make sure I get the most out of my abilities."

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