July 29, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Florida State’s 2002 signing class reported Monday and began to prepare for the fall semester and Wednesday’s first day of practice. After checking into the dorm, the class met with the equipment staff to get fitted for uniforms and helmets. They also went over physical procedures with the trainers. Dinner with parents, a meeting with head coach Bobby Bowden, and meetings with the compliance and academic staffs completed the day.
The group includes an outstanding trio of running backs in Lorenzo Booker, Thomas Clayton and Leon Washington. Booker was the top rated back in the nation according to Parade, Clayton was a SuperPrep All-American and Washington was Florida’s Mr. Football.
“The main thing I’m trying to do is get into the best shape I can,” said Washington. “I want to learn as much as possible and do what the coaches tell me to do.”
Washington signed with Florida State after an outstanding career at Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville. He was named the 2002 Mr. Football in Florida after playing running back, wide receiver and cornerback at Jackson. As a senior, he rushed for 2,437 yards and 28 touchdowns while recording 88 tackles and three interceptions on defense.
“I’ll start out at tailback,” said Washington. “But, I’ll play wherever the coaches need me to play. I’m just trying to contribute. I’d love to return some punts, play special teams, anything to get on the field.”
The newcomers will go through university orientation Tuesday and will hit the field for the first time on Wednesday. The first practice with the varsity (who will report Thursday afternoon) is a two-a-day session on Saturday.