The defensive back position within the Marshall football program has taken big time hits over the past seven to eight months. Those hits are beginning to carry over on to the football field as the lack of depth and experience is starting to show. It should come as no surprise that the most recent commit to the Class of 2017 is a defensive back.
Nirion Washington is an ultra athletic defensive back from Desoto High School in Aracadia, Florida. The defensive back is currently unrated by scout.com, but that will change as the season plays out. Washington committed to the Herd coaching staff early on in September.
Washington is a 6’1”, 175 pound corner who has excellent speed, body control, and athletic ability. It is common knowledge that for the most part, the best athletes on the field play corner. That is why he will play corner at the next level. More often than not, when Washington is on the field, he is the most athletic of the twenty two players.
Washington’s lead recruiter is Coach Adam Fuller. Washington knew a good bit about Marshall prior to his commitment. In addition to the tragedy from 1970, he knew more about Marshall because he has had several family members play football for the Herd. Currently, two family members are on the team, Tre Tyler, and Ty Tyler. Former tight end great, Gator Hoskins is also related to Washington. He was very excited to get his offer, and in turn he says the coaching staff was very excited to hear that he was committing.
Washington committed to Marshall after a visit to the Marshall campus. He said about the campus, “I loved it, it was very nice. The campus was all in one place and not spread out all over. I love the very good academic reputation that Marshall has as well.”
Washington said in regards to where he would play at Marshall, “I will play wherever they put me. I am an athlete but mainly a corner back.”
Washington currently plays both corner and wide receiver. His season stats thus far are, 17 catches for 271 yards and a touchdown on offense. On defense he has 1 interception, a forced fumble and three tackles for loss.
He ended by saying, “I know Marshall is an up and coming program and I am going to love being a part of it.”
Washington is the seventh player to commit to the Herd so far for the Class of 2017, in what should be a small recruiting class for Doc Holliday and staff.
Washington joins Marcel Williams, Ben Maffe, Janiero Crankfield, Isaiah Green, Kyron Taylor and Ladarius Clark.
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