November 22, 2011
Washington ends the suspense
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For months, Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft product Adolphus Washington has been the most important recruiting target on the board of the Ohio State coaching staff. On Tuesday morning at his high school, Washington ended the suspense and opted for the Buckeyes over Michigan State and Cincinnati. While many had been calling Washington to Ohio State for quite some time, the official decision of the 6-foot-4, 250-pound prospect allows Buckeye fans everywhere to breathe a sigh of relief.
Washington, rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and then number one player in Ohio by BuckeyeGrove.com, is commitment No. 15 for the Buckeyes in the 2012 class. Despite some remaining uncertainty with both the NCAA and the head coaching situation, Washington still felt it was time to issue his commitment.
Washington noted that the opportunity to see early playing time at Ohio State was a major factor in his decision. With the injury to Nathan Williams, the Buckeyes have struggled to generate a pass rush this year and Washington believes he can help fill that void early in his playing career.
The commitment comes at a critical time for Ohio State as the Buckeyes hope to gather some momentum both in recruiting and on the field. Washington's verbal eases the sting of losing some other highly rated Ohio defensive linemen.
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