Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
LSU commitment to visit Hogs
Arkansas will be getting an official visit from one of the top tight end prospects in the nation.
Jacory Washington, a LSU commitment isn’t a stranger to Arkansas. His father, Waddell Kelly played running back for Arkansas State from 1984 to 1987 and has numerous family members in the state.
“I have family all over Arkansas in Little Rock, Pine Bluff, a little town Gould and Fayetteville,” he said “They’re all over the state.”
Washington, 6-5, 220, 4.65 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Westlake, Louisiana isn’t sure when he’ll visit the Hogs but is hoping to attend a game so he can experience the atmosphere.
“Like I said once before, I’m solid with my commitment with LSU but I’ll take my visits,” Washington said. “If something changes, you never know what might happen.”
Washington said his family in Arkansas don’t push him towards the Hogs.
“Oh no, not at all,” Washington said. “They just want what’s best for me.”
Tom Lemming of CBS Sports Network rates Washington a 4-star plus recruit, the top tight end prospect in Louisiana and one of the best in the nation.
“Jacory is quick getting off the ball, possesses large and strong hands,” Lemming said. “He’s a good route runner and knows what to do with the ball after the catch. He looks thin at 220 and should play between 250 and 260 in college.”
Washington doesn’t know his vertical jump measurement but he said he’s not lacking in that area.
“I’ve got hops,” he said. “I’m not going to sit here and lie to you that I know my vertical because I don’t but I have hops.”
He said he’s been communicating with graduate assistant Terrance Butler.
“He hit me up on Facebook one day and we just hit it off,” Washington said. “We just started talking. I’m going to try and get down there real soon and check them out.”
Butler has informed him about Coach Bret Bielema’s track record of putting tight ends in the NFL.
“They have a lot of experience with tight ends there with the new staff,” Washington said. “The coaches I spoke with put a couple of guys into the NFL that’s still playing in the NFL . That’s music to my ears.”