November 24, 2011

Washington Sr.: 'I'm ecstatic'

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Picking a school is a huge decision and a big moment for these high school prospects but it is also a big moment for the families that have put in their own blood, sweat, and tears from little league all the way through high school to help their children reach their dreams. For Adolphus Washington Sr., watching his son, Adolphus Washington, pick Ohio State on Tuesday morning was a proud moment.

"I'm ecstatic," said Washington Sr. of his son's decision. "I love it. I wanted Dwayne (Stanford) to go too but he had to do what was best for him. I'm very, very happy right now."

Despite being considered a heavy Buckeye lean throughout the process, Ohio State fans waited with suspense for the commitment of Ohio's top prospect. Washington Sr. said this decision was probably made much longer ago than anyone could have imagined.

"I think the decision was made years ago when he was a little kid," Washington Sr. joked. "Actually, when we went up there last year on some unofficial visits, I think we knew then. We just really wanted to make sure. At first he was just Ohio State but I kept saying, 'look around a little bit, let's see what everybody else has to offer' but he never changed his mind. Really towards the early part of the season it was all Ohio State."

Washington Sr. said his son never wavered, even during the weeks surrounded former head coach Jim Tressel's resignation.

"I don't think it deterred him at all," he said. "The academic support, I always instill in him that you are going for your degree and stuff like that. The academics are still there no matter what and that is basically what we looked at."

Being recruited by just about every school in the nation, the last several months have been extremely hectic for the Washington family. Getting the decision out of the way is a big weight off of everyone's shoulders.

"It's a relief to me," Washington Sr. said with a laugh. "I don't know if the phone calls are going to stop but at least everybody knows where he's going, it's out there now, and it's a big thing."

It has been widely speculated that Washington will make an early impact at Ohio State and Washington Sr. feels like his son will put in the work to make that happen.

"I'm kind of a football guy myself so I like to analyze things too," Washington Sr. explained. "At every school we visited, I could see him out there early. It's all about how hard he wants to work to get on the field. If he goes somewhere and gets redshirted a year, that's fine with me, just to get a year under his belt. I think overall though he will definitely get on the field."

Proximity to home played a role in Washington's commitment to the Buckeyes and Washington Sr. is thrilled to be within driving distance of his son, as well as many of the games on Ohio State's 2012 schedule.

"That's real nice," he said. "I can go up there and spend some time with him whenever I want. The other option is when they play Indiana and schools like that; I can still drive to the game."

Washington Sr. says that the first time his son puts that uniform on will be one of the most exciting moments that he has experienced as a father.

"It's kind of been a lifelong dream of mine to see my son (play college football)," he said. "I know they say parents aren't supposed to live their dreams out through their kids but this is one moment that I will. It's going to be real exciting for me."


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