OSU Starts Michigan Week off right; Nets first 5-star recruit

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Taft senior Adolphus Washington

Michigan week is off to a great start for the Buckeyes as 5-star defensive end Adolphus Washington
has committed to Ohio State over scholarship offers from Michigan
State, Cincinnati, Michigan, Alabama, Miami, Kentucky, Oregon and many
others.


Michigan week is off to a great start for the Buckeyes as 5-star defensive end Adolphus Washington
has committed to Ohio State over scholarship offers from Michigan
State, Cincinnati, Michigan, Alabama, Miami, Kentucky, Oregon and many
others.

“I
picked Ohio State because of the academic support they have,”
Washington said. “I didn’t think it was like that until I went up there
(on my official visit). That sold me on Ohio State.”

Academics weren’t the only reason Washington picked Ohio State.
Of course the football program was very important in his decision too.

“That was a big part of it,” Washington said. “Ohio State has a
great program. The coaches said to come in ready to play early. If I
don’t start I want to at least get some reps.”

Washington becomes the first 5-star prospect in the Buckeyes’
2012 recruiting class. According to 247Sports the 6-foot-4 and 254-pound
Washington is the No. 1 prospect in the state of Ohio, the country’s
No. 2 weakside defensive end and the country’s No. 21 overall prospect.

Washington was a varsity starter his freshman year at Cincinnati
Roger Bacon. He transferred to Taft for his junior season and made 101
tackles with 15 sacks. Washington also played tight end and caught 29
passes for 329 yards with five touchdowns. As a junior, Washington
racked up 119 tackles and 17 sacks. He made 90 tackles with 23.5 sacks
during his senior season.

Washington, who was recruited by Luke Fickell and Jim Heacock,
made official visits to Ohio State, Michigan State and Cincinnati. He
visited the Buckeyes the weekend of Oct. 29 and looked on as Ohio State
upset Wisconsin.

Very early in the recruiting process Washington had Ohio State
No. 1 on his list. However, it did not stay that way through the entire
process.

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