Adla “AD” Washington is a 5’10”, 160 pound, class of 2024 slot receiver/running back from West Feliciana High School in St. Francisville, Louisiana. AD is a very good route runner, and uses his speed (4.48 40-yard dash time) and shiftiness to get into open space and make plays. AD played in only six games last season as a Junior, but tallied up 605 receiving yards. The crazy thing is, he did that on only 17 catches for an INSANE 35.6 yards per catch! AD was only targeted 21 times too, and since he caught 17 of those, one for a touchdown. His catch rate was a whopping 80.9 percent. He’s the type of big play receiver that any quarterback can trust to make a big play when his team needs it most. As stated earlier, AD only appeared in six games in 2022. He fractured his collarbone on a special teams play during the second game of the season and missed the next eight, only returning for the final two games of the regular season and the two playoff games, the latter of which was West Feliciana’s only loss of the season, as the team went an impressive13-1. Another crazy part of his season was the fact that AD was brand new to West Feliciana High School and hadn’t had a chance build chemistry and such with his team during his Freshman and Sophomore seasons. AD didn’t disappoint, putting up the aforementioned statistics but also earning a spot on his district’s 2nd team. AD has been getting recruited by some FBS and FCS schools, and while he doesn’t have offers from any of these schools yet, he’s been in contact with UL, Tulane, Southern University, and South Alabama. AD also plays some running back, but his time at the position is limited. Off the field, AD maintains a perfect 4.0 GPA.
I asked AD a bunch of questions and here’s what he had to say:
Why and at what age did you start playing football?
“I started in 4th grade. I grew up around the game. Where I’m from, everybody plays either basketball or football, and I love football more.”
Have you always played your current position, or did you play a different position growing up?
“I grew up primarily playing running back. I also played some slot receiver and some outside receiver.”
What sets you apart from everyone else on the field?
“My personality and love for the game. There’s not a day that I doesn’t go by without me working hard. I’m also pretty shifty on the field. I live by this motto: “you can’t get what you don’t touch””.
What is your favorite accomplishment so far in your football career?
“Making the semi-finals this past year. That’s the furthest I’ve ever gone in my football career. My team went 13-1 last season.”
What is your favorite memory playing football so far?
“Our game this season against Plaquemines. We were both 9-0 going into the game. The score was 21-21 at halftime, but we pulled away in the second half and won by multiple possessions.”
How do you balance athletics and academics?
“During football season, it can be hard to balance them. I always schedule times for tutoring and work hard on schoolwork on off-days.”
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced on the field?
“I’m not always the biggest guy. Growing up, I had to utilize my skillset a lot to be dominant. I always had trouble getting off the line and getting out of a jam with the DB. I worked hard and made my launch off the line of scrimmage become muscle memory.”
Is there a certain player you try to model your game after?
“Chris Olave, Devonta Smith, Stefon Diggs, and Tank Dell from the University of Houston. All of these are quick and great route runners.”
How do you stay physically fit outside of football?
“I run track and used to play basketball. I also play 7 on 7 football.”
What are you hoping to achieve in this upcoming season?
“My main goal is to make the playoffs again. Also, having fun with my teammates and getting to work on our communication since that’s important. I have to show out for scouts as well.”
What is your end goal for your football career?
“I want to go far with football. If I don’t make it far, I still want to work in and be involved with the game.”
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned playing football?
“Cooperation and leadership skills.”
How do you prepare for big games?
“I get a good night sleep, hydrate well, eat well, and stretch. I also sit and listen to music, usually Rod Wave and Boosie, but not always them. It just depends on the game.”
Lastly, who is the biggest role model in your life?
“My father. He shows me how to be a true man and fights so hard to provide. He teaches me leadership skills and hard work as well as how to be unselfish.”