Duke Gets Official From 3 Star WR

Though several of the top prospects on the Blue Devil recruiting radar have opted elsewhere, Duke maintains positive relationships with many of their remaining targeted in players. Still, there are some up hill battles yet to fight, including one with a three star receiver from the Midwest.

"Right now there are a lot of schools with things going on," says Franklin Central High standout Donald Washington. "Coaches are getting fired or some schools just kind of lost my number. I'll figure things out though."

Rated as the nation's No. 50 wideout by Scout.com, Washington has seen his stock steadily rise over the last year, which has resulted in several programs attempting to get involved with the 6'2, 190 lbs receiver. However, Washington cut his list to a final five midway through October. Eventually he settled on Ohio State, Michigan, Duke, Miami of Ohio, and Nebraska.

Admitting he has yet to visit anywhere officially yet, Washington says the Buckeyes have the inside track on his recruitment at this point based on reputation.

"Ohio St won a national championship not too long ago, and they're in a bowl game this year," Washington told Scout.com. "They're recruiting me as a defensive back. I don't know much about them really. I like all the coaches there--the ones that I've met, but none of their names come to mind right now."

So who's ranked as the number two school in this early race?

"Michigan is my #2 school right now if I had to choose one. They just won the Big Ten Conference and they're recruiting me as an athlete really. They keep some good wide receivers there and they pass the ball a decent amount of times.

Still, the only visits set up at this point are to Ohio State (January 8) and to Duke on January 14th.

"Duke has never left and has maintained their interest throughout the entire process. They have definitely been recruiting me the hardest, and the coaching staff really made me feel at home when I was visiting there. I know they haven't been a winning team lately, but they are going to turn it around."

After a strong junior year, Franklin Central finished this season 6-4. Washington had 45 catches for 800 yds and 10 TDs. He also had four picks (2 for TDs) and 2 fumble recoveries, earning him a Midwest Top 100 distinction from Scout.com. This came on the heals of a junior season in which he recorded over 40 receptions for 800 yards and 13 touchdowns while playing the entire season with a broken foot.

Off the field Washington maintains a 3.2 grade point average and has already qualified academically with his standardized test score.

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