By Derrick Mahone
Lovejoy defensive lineman David Washington will use next week's all-star game as sort of a measuring stick to gage his ability against other top players.
Washington was named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star game in Columbus. He will play for the South squad.
This past season, Lovejoy went undefeated and won the Region 4-AAAA championship. The Wildcats lost in the first round of the state playoffs 7-6 to Glynn Academy at Twelve Oaks Stadium. Washington finished the season with 75 tackles, nine tackles for losses and seven sacks. He also had three pass breakups and two blocked kicks.
"I'm going to enjoy to myself in the game," Washington said. "It's an opportunity to test my skills out against some other top competition to see how I can do.
The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder, is rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com, a national recruiting service. He is listed as No. 74 among defensive linemen in the country.
Washington made a non-binding verbal commitment to sign with Kentucky on National Signing Day in February. He also had offers from Arkansas, Mississippi State and Virginia. Recruiting defensive players has been a big need for the Wildcats this season.
"The recruiting has been kind of busy," Washington said. "My phone hasn't been ringing off the hook, but I'm happy with the offers that I have gotten so far."
Washington is the lone player from the Southern Crescent that made either the North or South squad. Players that play for a school that is in Regions 1-4 play for the South squad while players from schools in Regions 5-8 play on the North team.
This marks the fourth straight year that at least one player from the Southern Crescent has played in the long-time all-star classic.
While he is the only area player on the squad, he is one of two from Region 4-AAAA to make the all-star team. Creekside senior Corey Redwine was also named to the South team. He plays defensive line.
"I'm definitely very excited about the opportunity to play in this game," Washington said. "It is one of the last times you get to strap it on in a high school game in Georgia. It should be fun."
Players report to Columbus Sunday to begin preparation for the 2 p.m. contest at Memorial Stadium.
Last weekend, Washington helped the school's wrestling team win its fourth straight county title. Got a pinned to win the heavyweight division at the one-day tournament at Jonesboro High.
He said he is looking forward to the upcoming area and state tournaments.
"I want to go as far as I can," Washington said. "It is definitely a good to win state."
GACA North-South All-Star Football Classic
When, time: Dec. 29, 2 p.m.
Where: Memorial Stadium, Columbus.
Who: Senior players throughout the state were chosen by a committee to participate in the annual all-star showcase game.
History: The game dates back to 1938.