September 28, 2008

Washington has a good feeling about U-M

The 500th game in Michigan Stadium also produced the largest comeback in that venue by a Michigan team. St. Stephen (S.C.) Timberland offensive guard Quinton Washington took his official visit to Michigan this past weekend and was in the stands for the Wolverine's comeback.

The 6-3, 315-pound Washington was accompanied on that official visit by members of his Timberland coaching staff. His father saw him briefly Sunday afternoon after he returned from the visit and was looking forward to having an in depth discussion with Washington about the trip, but said based on his initial reports the trip went well.

"I haven't really spoken to him because I was at church today, but I stopped by the house and he was telling me how excited he was to be there this weekend," Arthur Washington said. "My goals and expectations are a good school to go to and get an education. What he is going for is not so much about athletics, though that's a big part, but to be able to fall back on after school."

Later we caught up with Washington himself for a report on the visit. This was the first official visit of the process for the four-star offensive guard and he gave the trip high marks.

"I just had a really fun time," Washington said. "I got to meet all the coaches and all the coaches were real cool, down-to-earth. I had a really good experience up there."

Michigan came back from a 19-point deficit in the second half to upset eighth-ranked Wisconsin 27-25. What stood out the most about that game to Washington was the atmosphere in the Big House.

"It was real live - the livest I've ever seen anything and just a fun experience," Washington said. "There were a whole lot of people and it was crazy."

Following the game, Washington met up with members of the Michigan football team including his player-host, defensive tackle Adam Patterson who originally hails from Washington's home state of South Carolina.

Prior to his visit to Michigan, in-state schools South Carolina and Clemson were considered two strong contenders for the four-star prospect's services. Now having seen Michigan, Washington said the Wolverines are another strong possibility to land his signature.

"They have a very high chance now because I liked everything about it," Washington said.

The trip to Michigan is the last one Washington expects to take until his senior season at Timberland has been completed.

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