Corry Washington is one of the best players from the Tampa, FL area in the Class of 2028.
The 4-foot-5, 72-pound Washington, who attends Clemmie Ross James Elementary, is a dynamic player that works on both sides of the ball as a running back and free safety.
Washington, who plays for the Tampa Bay Lions, has earned plenty of recognition during his outstanding career, such as being an all-star in the MFFCC.
Washington is humbled by the accolade.
“Means I worked hard to prove to my team and coaches I can put my all on the field,” Washington said. “I had fun being able to play with other teams and being able to get away for the weekend with my coach and teammates.”
No matter the opponent, on each snap Washington is determined to give it his all.
Washington is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Washington steps between the lines.
“My mind set at being a running back is to having that good feeling that I’m going to be able to show off my speed and run down the field to score,” Washington said. “I want the opponent to have to work for everything that they get.”
Washington has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron. Washington tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“What I love about the game is I get to show my talent on the field,” Washington said. “I love the brotherhood I have with my teammates that are like family to me.”
Washington has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Football has taught me so much about life in general,” Washington said. “Football has taught me how important it is to work as a team/family.”
Washington recalls his favorite football memory.
“My favorite memory of playing football is when I scored my first touchdown,” Washington said. “That was a special moment that I’ll never forget.”
David Ceasar is in his first season coaching Washington for the Tampa Bay Lions organization.
Ceasar explains the best parts of Washington’s game.
“He is very explosive. He has a complete arsenal of moves needed to be a great running back. He has the speed to out run defenders, match that with a quick spin or nice, hard shake move, you have a complete back. He is one of those game changing players. He can go for a big run at any moment. On defense he can be moved around all over. Mainly this year he played safety and we needed him to. With his speed he is able to get sideline to sideline in no time and he is not shy to lay that wood on anybody,” Ceasar said. “He is another one of my first time players but he has so much raw talent that me as a coach can use to mold into something great. He has great running technique at a young age, able to break tackles and not going down from the first hit.”
Washington takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Washington makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I demonstrate being a good teammate by giving my all and supporting my teammates,” Washington said. “Best advice for me to give my teammates is for us never to give up and always support each other.”
Ceasar adds that Washington is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“Kids look up to him because they know he is a big play waiting to happen,” Ceasar said. “The leadership he shows is in how he plays because they know that he is going to produce a touchdown.”
Washington is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“I’ve learned that I have to stop giving up when things are looking bad, and also know that just because I’m a running back I will not get to run the ball all the time and to be patient until it’s my turn,” Washington said. “You get what you work hard for. Also when one mess up we all mess up.”
Ceasar is an advocate of Washington’s capabilities.
“The last game of the season he shot a canon pass to receiver Jeremiah for a 65-yard touchdown pass then he turns around and runs a long 40 yard touchdown run,” Ceasar said. “But they call it back. We go right back to the same play and he scored again after the penalty.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Washington also has a high level of football IQ as well.
Washington has excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“He has very good running back IQ and he use it in the best way possible to open up the running lanes and choosing the right lane to take,” Ceasar said.
Washington is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“He is a very hard worker and wants to be pushed and fed until he can’t take anymore,” Ceasar said. “He comes to practice every day looking to get better.”
Ceasar explains why he compares Washington to these players.
“He’s like a Reggie Bush or Chris Johnson with the speed and moves he use to make people miss or just simply out running the whole defense,” Ceasar said. “He can put a move on you and be right back at full speed in no time.”
Washington patterns his mentality after this standout.
“I look up to Frank Gore,” Washington said. “He has had a very long and great career. I want to be like him.”
Washington is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“I would love to get better at succeeding in life and learning from my mistakes and finishing college,” Washington said. “I want to make my family proud of me in everything that I do.”
Washington has his sights set on becoming a Miami Hurricane.
“That’s where my family is from,” Washington said. “It would be great to win a national title at The U.”
Washington lists math as his favorite subject in school.
Ceasar outlines the areas of improvement that will take Washington to the next level.
“I am working with him on his running and ball carrier vision so he can know when and where to plant that foot and go up the field,” Ceasar said. “He already has all the tools to be the best at this point in his early career.”
Ceasar believes the sky is the limit as long as Washington continues to stay hungry.
“He already has a good family support system with mom leading the way their at every game and cheering him on letting him know we got your back. He is a player that comes around not so often. He is very special and gifted in what he does on and off the field,” Ceasar said. “If God is for him who can he against him? This young man is another one out the lion pack that is going to go very far in this game.”
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