December 14, 2008

Washington 'rock solid' after Ole Miss visit

Demond Washington never had any doubts about his commitment to Ole Miss.

After his official visit on the Ole Miss campus was completed Sunday, it was status quo.

"Everything went well, like I expected," Washington said. "I'm rock solid. The program is on the rise. Coach (Houston) Nutt is bringing them up. All the guys get along with each and the coaches. I feel like I'm at home and like it's a family."

While there's no suspense left in the race for Washington's signature, there might be a competition brewing between running backs coach Derrick Nix and cornerbacks coach Chris Vaughn in the battle for first dibs on Washington's services.

As a freshman at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound speedster rushed 172 times for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns. He moved to defense as a sophomore, recording 55 tackles and three interceptions while earning all-conference honors.

"I was with the running backs most of the time (over the weekend)," Washington said. "I'm going in there. It's a perfect fit. Most of the backs are big third-down backs. I can be the guy to get the 20- or 30-yard gains."

Washington, who will graduate from MGCCC in May and enroll at Ole Miss shortly thereafter, also figures to get a shot in the Rebels' return game next season. Washington returned seven punts for touchdowns during his two seasons at the junior college level.

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