Written by SportsDayDFW.com
How attention has eluded Dallas area's top rusher: Corsicana RB Cameron Washington
Washington piles up numbers, but not scholarship offers
Cameron Washington did not make the Rivals Top 100 list of Texas recruits. Nor is he found in the ratings of top running backs, or the national Top 100, or even the Top 250.
But it’s easy to spot Washington in real life. He’s still playing.
On Friday, he will lead Corsicana (12-1) against Kilgore (9-4) in the Class 4A Division II Region II final.
Washington may be “not rated” on recruiting services, but you don’t need a stopwatch to understand the value of 2,801 yards and 42 touchdowns.
“The scouts ask me how fast he is,” Corsicana coach Phil Castles said. “I say, ‘As fast as he needs to be.’ He runs with his heart.”
Washington leads all classifications of Dallas area rushers. He has run for 841 yards and 13 touchdowns in three playoff victories. Last week, he broke the school’s single-season rushing record set by Ketric Sanford in 1994.
But he hardly registers a blip on the recruiting radar.
Washington has averaged 9.46 yards per carry and 215 yards per game, but has only one scholarship offer, from Lamar. The University of Texas at San Antonio and Angelo State are also recruiting him.
“I’m kind of surprised,” Washington said Tuesday. “My parents said, ‘If you keep playing well, then the colleges will offer you scholarships.’ I’m taking my SAT and ACT again. If I get those scores up, that should help.”
Washington (6-0, 190) has helped the Tigers outscore their playoff opponents, 152-98.
In a 53-36 victory over Manor, Washington averaged 19.2 yards per attempt en route to 307 yards and five TDs. He ran for 320 yards and four scores in a 47-33 win over Sulphur Springs, and in last week’s 52-31 victory over Frisco Centennial, he had 214 yards and four touchdowns.
“He’s got really good vision and a great burst of speed,” Castles said. “He’s not as big as some other kids, but he runs tough and he understands the game. He’s a humble kid, hard working.”
Castles seems most impressed with Washington’s leadership and team-first mentality. He said he’s the heartbeat of the team.
As Washington crept up on the school record, he called Sanford, now a Dallas businessman, a few weeks ago.
“Everybody kept telling me he was a nice, humble guy, and I thought he’d be a good role model,” Washington said. “He asked me what I was going to do in the future besides football, and he talked about the importance of getting an education.”
Sanford attended last week’s game and posed for pictures with Washington after the record-breaking performance.
Asked what they talked about, Washington laughed.
“He said, ‘You’re pretty dang good.’ ”