Official visits before decision

Dijon Washington

Nebraska is looking at the grim fact of losing three safties after next season. There is always a need to bring in guys, but the Huskers need to start to prepare their safety of the future starting next year. Dijon Washington could be that guy. Washington admits that the Huskers have been one of the teams that he has stayed in contact with the most.

Another standout player that Nebraska has offered is Dijon Washington (6-0/185). Dijon, nicknamed the missile, will be playing multiple positions for his Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger team in 2008, but all the schools to offer him to this point like him as a defensive back.

With recruiting on the back-burner for now the focus is on getting ready for his final year of high school. Like many players this time of year, he expects his team to have a solid season.

"I've been working out a lot, and practicing at my school. We have a real fast team and I think we'll do pretty well this year," said Washington. "I think if everybody stays healthy we have a chance to go to the championship."

Washington will be used in many ways this year to help his squad. He also has a nickname that gets some attention.

"I'll be on offense and defense. On offense they put me on the outside and in the slot, just depends on the matchups. On defense I'll play strong safety and they'll move me to corner some too. I also play gunner on punt, kickoff and kickoff return. I really don't ever come off the field."

What about the nickname? "Yeah, they call me the missile. It's because I fly in and try to lay people out."

It seems all the schools coming at Dijon are showing strong interest. One member of the Huskers staff seems to have made a good impression so far.

"I'm being recruited hard by all four of those schools. They all make me feel like I'm high on their list. I'd say they all stay in equal contact with me.

"I stay in contact with Coach Marvin Sanders from Nebraska, the defensive backs coach. I think he's pretty cool. He tells me I could come in and play corner or safety for them, he tells about how I could come in and make an impact."

Washington, like many kids from California, said USC was a childhood favorite. But don't look for Dijon to sit around sulking over that offer.

"USC used to be my favorite team, but it's not really about that now. I have to grow up and look at my other options. I've learned it's not about what I might like, it has to be about what is best for me. I have no problem leaving this area for college."

Before a decision is made however, Washington will get a good look at his options.

"I'll probably take each and every official visit. Because I probably won't make my decision until after my season is over. I want to go out and see these schools before I make a commitment. I could definitely see Nebraska getting a visit."

One of the reasons for that visit could be the background of Nebraska's new head coach.

"That's one of the things I really like about Nebraska, their head coach. That really attracts me a lot and is what has me most interested in them. Knowing he just coached in the National Championship and offered me makes me feel pretty good."

Washington mentioned a stable coaching staff, good academics and a program that is "fighting to win a championship" as things he'll be looking for in a college.

Dijon has offers from Nebraska, Washington State, Oregon State and San Diego State.

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