From the time Quinton Washington first put on pads at Timberland, Art Craig knew he had something special.
The Wolves were scrimmaging Marlboro County in the preseason and it just so happened their coach, Dean Boyd, was slated to be the coach of the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team that year.
Craig said that towards the latter part of the scrimmage, Boyd walked over to him and wanted to know why he had not sent him any film on his starting right tackle, which happened to by Washington. He went on to say that he needed to get him some film right away because that was somebody the Sandlappers team could use.
The only problem Craig told him was that the starting right tackle was just a freshman.
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“We sort of knew then that Quinton was going to be something special,” Craig said last week. “He hasn’t disappointed either. From that point, he has gotten better every year. He could be one of the most polished linemen to come out of this state in a long time.”
Washington is a senior now and he has developed into one of the top prospects in the state. He is expected to play in this year’s Shrine Bowl and he also has been selected to participate in the second annual Under Armour game that will be played in early January.
The 6-foot-3, 315-pounder has a number of offers, but he does not plan to commit until Signing Day. He has already been on an official visit to Michigan and he plans to set dates with South Carolina and Clemson and he is still undecided with his other two visits. He has gone to the two in-state schools on a number of unofficial visits.
“I know I want to take all my visits,” Washington said. “I’m not trying to rush into anything. I’ll set everything up after the season and make my decision then.”
Timberland is currently the top-ranked team in Class 2A and is the highest scoring team in the state. The Wolves averaged 48 points a game during the regular season and have tallied 3,835 yards on the ground in ten games. That is an 8.1 yard per carry average and they have rushed for 55 touchdowns.
Running back Rocharius King will join King in the Shrine Bowl.
According to Craig, Washington is a huge reason for that success.
“He’s not one of these fat linemen that just try to lean on you,” Washington said. “He has plenty of athletic ability and can get out in space and block smaller linebackers and defensive backs. The one thing Quinton does really well is after his initial block, he can move on and block a second or third player on a lot of our plays.”
The Wolves advanced to the Class 3A title two years ago and lost on a last-second field goal to Blythewood. Washington said that is a driving force foe this year’s team.
A very unassuming type, Washington does not like all the attention to be focused on him. Every time he was asked about his accomplishments or goals, he deferred to how he wants the season to finish up.
“We just want to keep winning and everything else will take care of itself,” Washington said. “I know we let the community, the parents, our coaches and ourselves down two years ago and we want to write a different ending to this season.”