Nederland's De Shawn Washington commits to Texas A&M
David Coleman The Port Arthur News
After recruiting interest rose to a fever pitch this spring, Nederland junior defensive end De Shawn Washington quieted it down a bit Saturday night, announcing on his Twitter account that he had committed to Texas A&M.
Washington had been interested in the Aggies before all the attention began pouring in, as the imposing junior went up to College Station for a game last season. With teams and offers flying in, sometimes without the offering programs ever having seen Washington in person, head coach Larry Neumann thought Washington might take some time to sort everything out as recently as Thursday.
Apparently, it was a visit to campus for the Aggies' Junior Day that sealed the deal, as Washington committed one day into the spring event this weekend and was seen sporting an A&M uniform and helmet with the No. 90 in a picture he posted on Twitter.
Washington had 75 tackles last season, including 21 for a loss, 10 sacks, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. He was also named to the Port Arthur News Super Team and was honorable mention AP all-state for Class 4A.
He marks the first Division I recruit for Nederland since linebacker Stefan Huber signed with Baylor.
Washington is the tenth member of Texas A&M's 2014 recruting class, which includes highly touted La Porte linebacker Hoza Scott. He is the first defensive lineman to commit to the Aggies' 2014 class.