Tevin Washington Picks Yellow Jackets

Tevin Washington, from Wetumpka (Ala.), is one of two players to commit to Georgia Tech Coach Paul Johnson this morning following weekend official visits. Tevin joins Tampa (Fla.) offensive lineman Phil Smith as future Yellow Jacket teammates.

Tevin got right to the point on the outcome of his visit this weekend. "It went pretty good," said Washington. "I committed this morning to Georgia Tech."

After answering a couple of questions from Tevin, Coach Johnson asked him about his college decision and if he was ready to decide. "He asked me was I going to become a Yellow Jacket," said Washington. "I told him I was going to commit today. I really had my mind made up heading into the weekend."

Before the visit, Tech fans wondered what position Washington would play for Tech or if he'd just be brought in as an "athlete" and figure out position down the road. Tevin was clear on where you'll see him in fall. "I'm playing quarterback," said Washington.

Wetumpka High used a spread option attack with Tevin as QB. He talks about some differences between what he's used to from high school versus what he'll run at Tech. "Only real difference is going under center to get the snap and reading the defensive end," said Washington.

The 6'1", 205-pound QB was recruited to GT by quarterback coach Brian Bohannan and defensive backs coach Charles Kelly. His player host for the weekend was linebacker Kyle Jackson (a.k.a. "The Ambassador"). "We got along real well," said Washington about his host. He also spent time getting to know RB Roddy Jones and DB Dominique Reese among others.

Tevin had looked at a lot of schools before deciding on Tech. Other teams that had come forward with offers according to Washington included: Georgia Southern, Memphis, Troy, Louisville, Arizona State, Alabama A&M, and Texas Southern.

Tevin said he made his decision based on the academics at Tech and he is very excited about coming to play for Coach Johnson and likes Tech's potential to win big in the near future.

About Coach Johnson, Tevin said, "He's proven he can win – proven he can win on the 1-A level. You look at his record – He's a winner. I just think I can go in there and win and play for a National Championship in three years or four years, however long it takes."

He understands the QB position will be an open competition and Tevin expects to compete for it right away. "I'm going to work to get the starting job," said Washington. "That's what I want to do is start. But I know I'm going to have to work to get the starting job."

Tevin Washington Profile

Update: Tevin later released the follow as a press release...

Press Release

Wetumpka's senior quarterback, Tevin Washington selected Georgia Tech on Sunday as the school where he will take his football talents.

Washington chose Tech over Troy, Samford, Georgia Southern, Alabama State, Louisville, Arkansas State, Texas Southern, Alabama A&M and Memphis. The 6' 1'' signal caller, who helped lead the Indians to a 10-2 record and a 2nd round 6A playoff spot during the 2007 football season passed for 2,097 yards and 18 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,,088 yards and 14 touchdowns this season. Washington tallied 5,242 passing yards and 42 touchdowns while rushing for 2,166 yards and 25 touchdowns during his high school football career. He was a first team 6A - All State Selection as well as first team All Metro. He was also named as the Elmore County, Offensive Player of the year by The Wetumpka Herald.

Washington said that Georgia Tech's national reputation as an elite university helped make his decision easy.

"Georgia Tech is known all over the nation for its academics," he said. "After I am finished with football I have to go into the real world and earn a living. I believe that a degree from Georgia Tech gives me the best opportunity to compete globally for my economic future. I also feel like coming in with a new coaching staff is something special and it gives me a chance to possibly one day play for a BCS National title"

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