"Having a great family helps...."

"He's a winner." One of the may accolades the head coach at Trinity Christian Academy in Jackson, Tenn., said of his former start player. Tide signee Jabriel Washington is featured.

Jabriel Washington
Scout.com Rating: Four-star
Scout.com Rank: No. 19 Cornerback
Size: 5-foot-11, 165-pounds
Hometown: Trinity Christian Academy Jackson, Tenn.
Projected Position: Cornerback

Stats: Washington led Trinity Christian to a runner-up finish in the Tennessee Class 2A finals. He started at quarterback his senior season throwing for 2,635 yards and rushing for more than 1,000 yards. He had 111 tackles on defense, five fumbles, six interceptions for 127 yards, eight pass deflections, one caused fumble, and eight punt returns for 245 yards. Washington had 22 touchdowns during his junior season.

Commit Date: 4/18/2010
Recruiting Competition: Auburn, Cal, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt

Why Alabama: "Alabama isn't too far from home. They have a great coaching staff. They recruited me to play cornerback. Coach Saban has a great history of getting players to the league. Why wouldn't I want to play for him? The coaching staff made the biggest impact on my decision. I also like how everything is close together. You don't have to walk too far to go to study halls or classes."

Strengths/Improvements: "I need to work on getting out of my break faster on routes and build more size and strength. I expect to continue to grow over the next three years."

Coach Quotes (Trinity Christian Academy Head Coach Mike Hodum): "This will be my 10th year having known Jabriel. He came to us in the 3rd grade, and I've been around him since he was just a youngster. He comes from a great family. His mother is a track coach here at the school, and his father is the vice president at Regions Bank in town. Having a great family, I believe, helps make for a great football player.

"Georgia Tech and Michigan are the only schools that recruited him as a quarterback because of the type of offense they run. Curt Cignetti, who recruited Jabriel to Alabama, wanted him to play wide receiver because he coaches the wide receivers. When Coach Saban saw him, he liked him as a cornerback, so Alabama then was recruiting as a cornerback.

"But I always thought the team that won the National Championship Jabriel's junior year would most likely get him. He's a winner. He doesn't like to lose. I always say winning a national championship is the best recruiting tool there is, plus Nick Saban is about the best there is in the recruiting business.

"Lateral movement, change of direction, acceleration, hip movement, getting out of a backpedal are all things coaches look for, and Jabriel has them all. He also has tremendous character. I believe that with the talent he has, plus his outstanding work ethic, will equal to a great college football player."

Richard Stover contributed to this report.

Andrew Bone says: Washington is a versatile athlete who can play wide receiver, safety, or corner on the next level. He is long, has good feet, good hips, and he could become that bigger corner Saban really likes. He has hands of a receiver too, so that will become a bonus. Getting stronger and adding weight will come in time once he arrives on campus.
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