Mass. CB Dissects Wisconsin Commitment

Wisconsin landed Everett (Mass.) High cornerback Jakarrie Washington on Thursday as he committed moments after being offered. He spoke about his decision with FOXSportsNEXT and broke down why he chose the Badgers without visiting campus.

Although Jakarrie Washington played on the same team as four-star offensive lineman and Notre Dame commit John Montelus, he flew largely under the radar in the recruiting process.

Well, until Thursday.

Washington, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound cornerback from Everett (Mass.) High, received a scholarship offer when Wisconsin defensive backs coach Bill Busch visited the school in the morning. It was Washington's first offer, and it didn't take long for him to act on it.

"I committed right when they offered," Washington said. "I was a great experience to have them come and (to commit). I would do it again if I had choice and I can't wait to become a Badger."

By the time Washington called his mom, grandmother, uncle and cousin to share the news, they already heard from others via twitter and text messages.

The Badgers were looking for a cornerback in their 2013 class, and Washington brings 4.4 speed, loose hips and an aggressive mentality to the position. He said a mix up in his transcripts slowed down his recruitment, but once it was straightened out Wisconsin moved quickly.

"They said they liked my speed, my change of direction and just my cuts," Washington said. "I like defense. You have to make yourself into a receiver to get the ball and tackle. (Hitting) is the best part. It's the only time you can actually time you can hit a person without getting in trouble."

The multi-dimensional Washington had 439 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on 33 catches, and he also rushed 75 times for 697 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Defensively, he wasn't challenged often but made approximately 20 tackles and had two interceptions.

He will make his first trip to Madison, Wisc., when he takes an official visit Feb. 1, and he is anxious to see the campus.

"I know they have great education, a good football team, they're in the Big Ten, so you know they're going to be good," Washington said. "They're going to set up good opportunity in the future for me after school."

Washington, who also heard from Purdue and Nebraska, said the offer wasn't a surprise, but he didn't have the plan on committing if one came.

"It was kind of spontaneous, but it was a good decision," he said. "It's exciting. I can't wait to be a part of it. I wasn't nervous, I wasn't scared. It was a good feeling.

"At first, I didn't know (if an offer would come), but after talking to them the last few weeks, I was thinking it could happen."

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