Scholar athlete: Darius Washington, Washington High School
A wide receiver at Washington High School is on the fast track to success. He's got big dreams and the tools to get there.
Blink and you might miss him. Darius Anderson is a lightning-fast receiver and gives it his all on the field and in the classroom.
With a 3.9 GPA, he's on the track to graduate with honors.
The senior's schedule is packed with advanced placement statistics, physics, and English literature. He relies on football to blow off some steam.
"Sports is the one light at the end of the tunnel. When I'm playing sports, all the bad things go away, my mind is clear and I'm just able to do what I love," Darius said.
After graduation, Darius wants to go to college and study business or management. With his love for sports, he eventually hopes to open a gym or training facility.
"The ultimate dream is to play in the NFL," Darius added.
An Eagles fan, Darius would love nothing more than to play for his favorite team.
He knows it's going to be a tough journey, but he's not shy of hard work.
Head Coach Charlie Ward said right now there are several guys in the NFL that remind him of Darius, proving the dream might not be that farfetched.
"Every kid has that dream, making it to being a professional, and Darius has the work ethic to make that a reality," Coach Ward said. "He's willing to work and put the time in and when you have a guy like that, it's hard not to root for him."
Darius gets inspiration from those who have already paved a way, like Derrick Brooks, who used to play at Washington and later went on to win a Superbowl with the Tamps Bay Buccaneers.
"I see the way that they did it," Darius said. "They already made it and I've got to find a way to make it up there with them."
On the smaller side, Darius knows he's got to use his stature to his advantage.
"I have to get their minds off of me and have them focus on something else. If I know they've got their strength on me, I better use my quickness. Get loose of the line, if I know they can't run with me, I just have to find a way to create that separation," Darius said.
It's that attitude that Coach Ward said could push Darius over the edge and into the big leagues. A Heisman trophy winner himself Ward said despite where Darius ends up, he'll be more than successful.
"Whatever he does, whether it's business or sports, he's going to put forth the effort to make it the best. I can see him, whatever he's doing, being that guy who is going out, work people," Coach Ward said.