August 28, 2011
Buckeyes lead for Washington
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As one of the top remaining uncommitted prospects in the entire nation, many eyes were on Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft product Adolphus Washington on Sunday afternoon as his team took on Friendship Collegiate Academy in a game that was nationally televised on ESPNU. Taft got off to a sluggish start and was fortunate to get it to halftime down just 12-0. The Senators turned the heat up in the second half but came up short at the end by a final score of 12-6.
"That tends to be our problem a lot," Washington explained. "We started off slow. We've got to get out of that and we've got to come out and just jump on guys from the go."
Though it came in a losing effort, Washington was an unstoppable force from the first series until the final minutes. Washington finished the game with two sacks but was also outstanding against the run, chasing plays down the from backside and just wreaking havoc on the FCA offensive line.
"I was a little selfish this game, I'm not going to lie," Washington said. "I feel that I'm underrated and I just wanted to come out and prove to these people that I'm better than what they say. I know rankings don't mean anything but I just feel like I'm underrated."
The big story with Washington this week was the apparent miscommunication he had with his Father. Reports swirled that Washington was ready to make his commitment and that he would be picking Ohio State. While that may still be the case eventually, for now, Washington remains uncommitted.
"Me and My Dad just had a miscommunication," he said. "There was no commitment to Ohio State."
Though there was no commitment, Ohio State still sits in great shape with one of the nation's top defensive ends.
"Ohio State would be my leader right now," he said. "I'm also looking at Michigan State, Alabama, Michigan, Kentucky, and Cincinnati."
The opportunity to play close to home is something that has helped Ohio State throughout the process but it's a conversation that Washington had with the Ohio State coaches back in the spring that has given the Buckeyes the upper hand.
"When I went to the NIKE Training Camp, I went to visit after the camp and they said that I have a good chance of coming up there and starting when I'm a freshman," he said.
In terms of a decision, Washington plans on using all five of his official visits as well as some unofficial visits before finalizing his college choice.
"I'll make my decision at the end of the football season," he said. "I've got some schools that I'm going to visit but I don't have any dates set yet. I'm going to Arizona State, USC, Alabama, Michigan State and then one more."
Even though Ohio State tops his list right now, the Buckeyes may not get an official visit and that seems to be just fine with the coaching staff.
"I talked to coach (John) Peterson the other day and he told me just don't waste an official visit on them because it's only two hours away," he said. "I can just drive up there whenever."
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