Westlake’s Washington model wide receiver

By By Rhett Manuel / American Press

WESTLAKE — Nothing about Westlake star senior wide receiver Jacory Washington says small.

Not the size. Not the profile of the player and certainly not his role in the Rams’ offense.

At 6-foot-5 and weighing about 220 pounds, Washington possesses dominant size for the high school level and is a hot name

within recruiting circles.

The four-star receiver — who projects to be a tight end at the college level — quieted most of the speculation about his future

on the next level when he committed in January to play for LSU.

Recruiting hype aside, the senior is focusing on helping leading the Rams to greater heights this season.

“The goal here is to win a district championship and get my team to state,” Washington said.

He’s made four catches for 40 yards through the first two games.

“He’s got an enormous role in the

offense,” Westlake head coach Shawn Demeritt said. “(In Week 1) he had

five (catches) for

40 (yards), but he had several other balls that were thrown his

way. He caught a pass that was ruled out of bounds that would’ve

been a touchdown. We threw him several other passes. We just have

to work the timing out. That’s why we practice.”

What’s clear is that no team plans on giving Washington a pass because of his high profile.

“DeRidder threw some things at us (in Week 1), and they’re pretty good on defense,” Demeritt said. “That front four is one

of the best I’ve seen in quite a while. I thought they did a good job of scheming up our players. They started doing some

different things with Jacory.”

But it’s that focus on him that draws attention, both on the field and off.

SDLqSometimes it can get a little (frustrating) with the double coverage,” Washington said, “but it puts my teammates in a position to make big plays. It’s all about putting my team in a position

to get the (win.)”

However, what you see isn’t exactly what you get with Washington.

While he is already a barrel-chested athlete, there seems to be room to put on a few pounds on the next level.

“Look at his size. He’s 6-5, 220

pounds. He runs pretty well for a big kid,” Demeritt said. “He’s not a

4.4 kid, but he runs

well for someone his size. One of the things is you look at his

shoulders and there’s room for growth. He can probably pack

on another 15 or 20 pounds his freshman year, which I can easily

see happening. I can easily see him at 240 (pounds) going

into his freshman season at whatever school he chooses. I think

that’s one of the big draws. His height and his size, plus

the upside with the frame.

Washington is committed to LSU, but commitments are non-binding until players sign letters of intent. National Signing Day

is set for Feb. 5.

But focusing only on the field would be a mistake. Despite the larger-than-life frame and on-field bravado, Demeritt praises

Washington for the things he does off the field.

“He’s a good young man,” he said. “He does the right thing in the community. He’s a good role model for young kids. He’s had

several younger kids here on campus that he’s tried to mentor and help. He’s tried to put a smile on their faces.

“Those are things that really stand out. When you look at the all-around student-athlete, it’s not just about what goes on

on the field. What are they like in the community? That’s where I think Jacory stands out is that he’s a good kid.”

It’s another aspect of a young man whose profile has been raised because of extraordinary gifts.