October 23, 2011

Change of plans for Washington?

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The biggest target left on the board for Ohio State is clearly Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft defensive end Adolphus Washington. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound prospect was in action on Saturday night as Taft got a big win over, 62-35, over Western Hills. The win keeps playoff hopes alive for Taft.

"This was a pretty big win for us," said Washington. "Everybody came out and we all played hard. Everybody did their job because the big thing this week was playing assignment football."

Recently Washington and teammate Dwayne Stanford had set an announcement date for November 9th, the same day they are presented with their US Army All-American Bowl jerseys. Washington said after the game that the announcement may not take place on that date now as Stanford tries to fit in one last official visit.

"We're pushing it back because Dwayne was supposed to go to Oregon on the 29th (of October)," Washington said. "His flight won't land in Oregon until the game starts at like 12 so he's going to reschedule that one and we're both going to Ohio State on the 29th and he'll go to Oregon on the 19th (of November) so we'll make our decision sometime around when he comes back."

When they do announce, Washington said his decision will come down to three schools.

"My finalists are Ohio State, Michigan State, and Alabama," he said.

On Alabama - "My Dad is from Alabama and my whole family is from Alabama. I have a cousin that goes there, Alfred McCullough, so if I go down there it would just be like I was at home."

On Michigan State - "They play us young. They play defensive linemen and they give them a chance to show what they've got."

On Ohio State - "That's just Ohio State. I grew up loving Ohio State and the position they want me to play (the LEO), the two guys that play it are both seniors so I have a good chance of coming in and playing as a freshman."

To this point, Washington's only official visit has been to Michigan State. He made that trip last weekend and said he had a good time in East Lansing.

"The trip was pretty fun, they fed me well I know that," Washington said with a laugh. "Overall, the trip was fun and I learned a couple of things about them."

Washington was hosted by a former Southwest Ohio defensive lineman in Jerel Worthy, a Huber Heights Wayne graduate.

"He was just keeping it real with me," Washington said. "He told me that coach (Pat) Narduzzi has showed him a lot since his freshman year and that he's probably going to be one of the top defensive coordinators in the country."

Washington plans to make a trip to Columbus next weekend when Ohio State hosts Wisconsin. Other than that trip, Washington says the only potential visit he may make before announcing his decision is a trip to Oregon with his teammate if in fact Stanford reschedules for November.

"I might go to Oregon with 'Too Tall' (Dwayne Stanford) on November 19th," he said.


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