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Northwestern Signing Day 2014 Player Capsules: Xavier Washington

The basics
School: Cedar Hill (TX)
Position: DE
Height/Weight: 6-foot-1/235-pounds
Stars: 2
Other offers: Air Force, Houston, Nevada, North Dakota, North Texas, UTSA, Yale
247 profile
Twitter: @50_unrated

What you should know

The last player to commit to Northwestern’s 2014 class had a productive senior season at Cedar Hill. Washington Recorded 106 tackles, 47 tackles for loss and forced seven fumbles for the Longhorns and was selected to participate in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl after earning MVP honors in the Class 5A Div. II title game.

None of the big-name schools from the Lone Star state recruited him. Rice and Texas Tech showed some interest, but only Houston, North Texas and UTSA offered. Washington last week took an official visit to Northwestern after receiving a scholarship offer. He plays the same position as former Northwestern commit Noah Westerfield, who was released from his commitment last month after visiting Cal.

The biggest reason Washington wasn’t heavily recruited by bigger schools, it seems, is his size. A few months in a college weight training program will help in that regard. Washington was a productive high school player; that he wasn’t physically dominant is what kept other schools from seriously pursuing him.

It’s unlikely Washington will play in his freshman season. Northwestern has plenty of depth at defensive end.