Recruiting & Scouting

Prospects: Delvin Washington of Chandler Park Academy

   | Branden Hunter

Prospects: Delvin Washington of Chandler Park Academy

In 2012, three rookie quarterbacks in the NFL (Griffin III,Wilson,Luck) led their respective teams to the playoffs.

Matt Barkley was the first true freshman quarterback to ever to start at USC, and went on to compile a 34-13 record, and passed for 12,327 yards and 116 touchdowns.

Johnny Manziel was the first freshman quarterback to ever win the Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M just lasy

To sum it all up, success at the most important position on the field does require you have to experience.

Chandler Park Academy's Delvin Washington is only 14, but is the starting quarterback on varsity. Physically Washington is beyond his years at 6-2, 200-pounds, with more than enough time to grow. Washington's right arm is a cannon, but just like any rookie quarterback, he has things he needs to work on before he is a finished product.

"I feel as if I need to go through all of my progressions, and not pre-determine where I'll throw it," Washington said. "I need to lead my offense better as well.

Having the job as starting quarterback can come with a lot of pressure, and responsibility, especially for someone of Washington's age. Despite all of that, Washington has embraced his role, and looks to have a bright future.

"It feels good to be the first to play as a freshman at CPA (Chandler Park Academy)," Washington said. "Ever since I was little I always wanted to play quarterback."

Chandler Park Academy has gotten off to a 3-1 start so far this season, with their only loss coming in a 42-14 loss to Warren De La Salle. Washington threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns. One of his two touchdowns went to sophomore wide receiver Jalen Martin for 74-yards. Martin is a big target at 6-3, and he and Washington should hookup for many more touchdowns in the years to come.

"The relationship between Jalen and is going good," Washington said. "We've been putting in work every day, and even when we don't have practice we still put in work."

Martin currently holds a scholarship offer from Eastern Michigan, and with his abilities, will receive many more by the time he graduates.

Washington hasn't started to be recruited just yet, but that will change in the near future. He's a big Michigan fan, and because he's a pro-style passer, likes the type of pro-style offense head coach Brady Hoke has brought to the program.

He also models his game after one of the best passing quarterbacks in college football, in Louisville'e Teddy Bridgewater. Both players have adequate size, arm strength, and although they like to throw the ball, they are capable of scrambling.

"I like how he plays, and takes over a game when his team need it the most," Washington said of Bridgewater.

Only time will tell if Washington develops into a quarterback that is good enough to play at Michigan, or achieve what a Teddy Bridgewater has accomplished. For now he knows that he has to continue to work, and be a master of his craft.

"Reading the different defenses, and playing under the lights is the biggest difference between little league and high school varsity," he said. "I just have to be smart and have good footwork."