Washington: ‘I Put Fear In The QB’

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

Cincinnati Taft defensive end Adolphus
Washington
has found a good way to stay active during the off-season
– he plays AAU basketball with the All-Ohio Purple team. We caught up with Washington this weekend at the Spiece Run ‘N
Slam event in Fort Wayne.


Cincinnati Taft defensive end Adolphus
Washington
has found a good way to stay active during the off-season
– he plays AAU basketball with the All-Ohio Purple team.

The
6-5, 258-pound Washington is rated as the state’s No. 4 prospect in the
latest Bucknuts 50 list. He is also ranked as the nation’s No. 9
weakside defensive end and the No. 98 prospect overall by 247Sports.com.

We caught up with Washington this weekend at the Spiece Run ‘N
Slam event in Fort Wayne. He showed great athleticism and burst as he
poured in 20 points in his team’s opening-round game Friday night.

“Playing basketball helps me a lot with my footwork and my
movement and my quickness,” said Washington, who boasts 4.7-second speed
in the 40. “I play against a lot of quick guys in AAU ball and it helps
me with my ability to beat an offensive tackle off the edge in
football.”

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.

“I think I put fear in the quarterback,” Washington said. “They
know I’m coming. They’re watching out for me on every play.”

Washington has the size to play any of the four defensive line
positions at the college level.

“I’ll play whatever position the college needs me to play,” he
said.

Washington and fellow Taft standout and wide receiver prospect Dwayne
Stanford
helped lead their school to the Division III state
basketball title in March.

“It was pretty exciting,” Washington said. “We were happy that we
won, but we weren’t as happy as we thought we’d be because we won by 43
points. We thought it would be better competition than that. But we
know we’re part of the (state championship) club now.”

Stanford also plays for All-Ohio Purple, but he did not play at
the Spiece event. (Ohio high school rules restrict how many teammates
can play together on the travel circuit at least until the school year
ends.)

Washington said he and Stanford have discussed playing for the
same high school.

“We talk about it every day,” Washington said. “More than likely,
we’ll end up at the same school.”

As for his current top five, Washington listed Ohio State,
Michigan, Alabama, Kentucky and Miami (Fla.). He has over 20 offers and
each of those schools have offered. He hopes to make visits in the fall,
but likely won’t decide until after his football season is over.

Here were his comments on each of those schools:

* Ohio State – “Coach Tressel is a good guy and they have a
good tradition. I know he is going through some things right now, but I
still like them a lot. I was supposed to go to their spring game, but I
had a tournament. I talked to Coach Tressel and he said he understood
and he knows I still love Ohio State.”

* Michigan – “I talk to (assistant Mark) Smith on a
regular basis and keep in contact with him.”

* Alabama – “It is an SEC, big-time football program. I
have a cousin who plays for Alabama, (offensive lineman) Alfred
McCullough
. He’s from Athens, Ala. He plays right tackle for them.”

* Kentucky – “It’s close to home and my dad likes it. My
family would be able to come and support me a lot.”

* Miami (Fla.) – “The new coaches have been in touch with
me and I can tell they want me a lot. They’re pretty nice. I talk to
them a lot. I like the U. They have a good football tradition down there
and you can make it to the League from there. They train you so well
for the NFL.”

Washington is a man in demand: He’s already been invited to play
in the Under Armour All-American Game and also expects an invitation to
the U.S. Army All-American Game.

“Dwayne and I are hoping to both play in one of those two games,”
he said.

Washington also said he and Stanford have discussed graduating
early so they can enroll at their college of choice in time for spring
drills next year.

“We’re going to talk to our principal so we can go to summer
school and graduate early,” he said. “That will let us get down to
whatever school we’re going to go to. That will let us learn the program
and get in tune with the school.”

Washington said he plans to attend the Nike Camp on May 21 at
Ohio State.

Click here
for video of Washington in action from ScoutingOhio.com.

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