L.A. North: Washington makes his decision

ENCINO -- It appears as if Charles Washington has decided where he'll spend the next four years. The 6-foot, 185-pound senior defensive back for the Crespi High football team verbally committed to Fresno State on Monday morning, according to Paul Rawate, Crespi's director of marketing and public relations. Washington chose the Bulldogs despite having scholarship offers from several other schools.

Washington was a fixture in the secondary for Crespi (8-4) this season. He averaged six tackles per game, had three interceptions and five pass deflections to help guide the Celts to the Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoff quarterfinals, where they eventually lost to perennial Southland powerhouse Anaheim Servite, 40-16.

"Charles does many things well for us, too many to count, he's a playmaker,'' Crespi coach Jon Mack said. "He's got a good attitude and is a hard-worker, Charles has a bright future ahead of him.''

The fact Washington played well this season shouldn't come as a surprise considering the success he had as a junior: 72 tackles and five pass deflections as an underclassman is good indication of just that. Accordingly, Iowa State, New Mexico State and Wyoming were among the many programs interested in his services.

Ultimately, Fresno State proved to be the best fit, although nothing is official until Washington signs a letter of intent. And putting his name on the dotted line figures to be formality at this point.