October 30, 2011
Washington impressed with visit to Ohio State
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The biggest name left on Ohio State's recruiting board is Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft defensive end Adolphus Washington. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound prospect made his official visit to Columbus over the weekend and the big-time pass rusher was impressed with everything that he experienced.
"Everything went really good, I was really impressed," said Washington. "I thought I knew everything about O-State but I learned even more about them this weekend. The academic support is great, there's no way you should fail at Ohio State."
Washington enjoyed his time with the coaches and his time learning about the school but the highlight of his trip was the stadium atmosphere, particularly in the fourth quarter.
"The game was great," he explained. "When Braxton Miller threw that pass, it felt like the ball was in the air forever and when he caught it, the place just erupted. The atmosphere was everything that I expected. I knew they would have a big crowd for this game."
Washington spent most of his time on campus speaking with his two primary recruiters throughout this entire process.
"I was mainly speaking with coach (Luke) Fickell and coach (Jim) Heacock," he explained. "They were just telling me that the one thing that they lacked on defense was the LEO position which is a rush end and that is what they are recruiting me for."
Washington maintained his status as an uncommitted prospect and still plans to wait a few weeks before making a final decision and he may sneak in another visit during that time.
"We're going to wait for Dwayne (Stanford) to take that Oregon visit," he said. "I think I'll be going to Cincinnati when the play West Virginia."
Though Washington did not issue a verbal commitment to Ohio State, the Buckeyes strengthened their grip on this recruitment, according to the big-time athlete.
"I believe it actually made their chances a lot higher," he said. "I learned a lot more about Ohio State that's not related to football. That played a big part and I think that persuaded my parents, too. Both of my parents were there and they told me that they learned a lot of good things about Ohio State."
Washington is the No. 1 ranked player in Ohio in the BuckeyeGrove.com class of 2012 rankings.
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