2012 Bucknuts Top 50: No. 4 Adolphus Washington


Teammates Dwayne Stanford (left) and Adolphus Washington (right) led Taft to the D-III state basketball title in March.

Last week we ran the first five installments of The
Bucknuts 50 for 2012. This week we’re announcing the Top 5 football
prospects in Ohio. Today we unveil No. 4…


The annual JJHuddle Top 200 Ohio High School Football Players and positional rankings will be released in June in the 2011 Ohio High School Football Preview.
In May, we will release (over the course of three weeks) extensive
lists of “Players to Watch” at each position. These lists will contain
players that will be included in the Top 200 and many others that will
make headlines in the Fall. Until then, enjoy the Bucknuts Top 50. And
don’t be surprised if the lists differ…


Bucknuts Top 50 for 2012 is where we track the top 50 football
prospects in Ohio.

These rankings were established by Mark Porter of ScoutingOhio.com and Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts.com.

We plan to update the rankings in July as we recap all of the
summer camp and combine developments. Finally, we will update the
rankings in early December after the conclusion of the Ohio high school

4. Adolphus Washington, defensive end, Cincinnati Taft

* The Skinny: Adolphus Washington (Cincinnati, Ohio/Taft) is one of the top athletes in the state of Ohio.

The 6-foot-4 and 245-pound Washington was on the Cincinnati Roger
Bacon freshman football team and varsity basketball team his first year
in high school.

He transferred to Taft prior to his sophomore year and was
outstanding, competing on the varsity teams in both sports. Washington
was again terrific on the football field during his junior season, and
has helped lead the Senators to the Division III basketball final four
in Columbus this coming weekend.

However, it will definitely be football at the next level for the No. 4 prospect in the Bucknuts 50 survey.

Washington made 125 tackles and had 14 sacks for the Senators
during his junior season as he solidified his ranking as one of the top
underclassmen in the Buckeye State.

Not surprisingly, Washington’s list of 20 plus scholarship offers
is steadily growing. His recent offers include Nebraska, USC and
Oregon. Washington’s other offers include Ohio State, Alabama, Notre
Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Boston College, Texas, Texas A&M,
Pitt, Illinois, Cincinnati and Northwestern.

Washington attended Ohio State’s 2-Day Position Camp in June
which was when he first found out the Buckeyes would offer. He was told
at that time he would eventually receive a scholarship offer when NCAA
rules permitted.

At the time Washington said Ohio State was at the top of the list and nothing has changed since then.

“Ohio State is still my favorite,” Washington said. “Some other schools I like are Alabama, Notre Dame and Kentucky.”

In addition to attending the Buckeyes’ camp, Washington has
visited Ohio State a number of other times including several of the
Bucks’ games in the Horseshoe this past season.

“I might get to their spring game, but I’m not sure yet,” Washington said. “I don’t know what visits I’ll take next.”

As things now stand, Washington expects to take at least several of his official visits before selecting a college.

* Mark Porter Comment — “I saw a clip of Washington
dunking a basketball on the internet. I had to watch it three times
just to make sure it was really Adolphus because I have seen Adolphus in
person and I did not think there was any way for someone that big to be
so light on their feet. Needless to say, Adolphus has a very rare
combination of size and speed which is making him one of the most sought
after players in Ohio for the Class of 2012.

“When Washington turns it on and plays hard, he takes over the
game. I have seen some teams avoid Washington by running to the other
side of the field but that strategy only works so long because
eventually Washington will make a play that can change the game. He
could play outside linebacker, defensive end or even defensive tackle at
the next level because of his wide range of skills. I have even seen
him take snaps as a tight end and be dominant.”


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