A year ago, Maurice Washington ventured from California to Chicago for the United Stars Chicago Showcase with no offers. Shortly after a strong performance there, Ohio State became his first offer. Since then, he has become a four-star and added quite a few offers from schools like Georgia, LSU, USC and more.
Returning to the Chicago Showcase on Saturday, he remembered this time a year ago when the Buckeye offer came through and hopes to get back to Columbus.
"That was my only trip [to Ohio State], but I'm going back soon," he said. "I'm not sure when."
Washington again used this trip to see a Big Ten school.
"I did Michigan State on Friday. Michigan State is beautiful, amazing, the new weight room they have is outstanding. The coach is going to call me. He will watch my highlights and call me and I'll see [about an offer] after today."
"I'm definitely going to take all my official visits. Football and scholarships, especially with colleges, is like relationships and I'm not getting married until the very end."
When he does make that choice, Washington has clear criteria for what he hopes to find in a school.
"Support system. I need support. I need to bond with the coaches, which is also a risk because sometimes coaches leave, but I need real people and a good program that gets kids to the league. That's my ultimate goal. I know I'm going to get my education, but I want to go to the league too. That's what I want."
Style of offense is not as important because of Washington's multiple talents, but the potential to play more than one position is a factor.
"I can really do anything, but I want to play both sides of the ball. Ohio State said they were fine with doing that and putting me on both sides of the ball."
Washington says he is looking to major in Criminal Justice and minor in Small Business Marketing, but says that is subject to change.