UM Lands 2nd Commitment

When Miami (Fla.) Killian standout running back Bobby Washington first started playing football at age six, he always thought he'd play on the defensive side of the football.

"I started playing on defense and that's where I've always played," Washington said. "I've been there all my life but I also started playing running back in recent years and I started to like that a lot too. It just came easy to me I guess and that's what I'll be playing in college."

At 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, Washington has emerged as one of the nation's premier running backs in recent years. After putting up over 1,500 yards in Dade County's highest classification as a junior, Washington caught the attention of college coaches all over the country.

"He's a great football player," head coach Billy Rolle said. "He's also a great athlete but he has that special something that all great running backs seem to have. He's going to be a real good one."

Washington is coming off a solid spring performance, where his team battled Edison in their spring jamboree.

"I scored once and I should have scored again but they told my me knee was down at the three yard line," he said. "I couldn't believe it but when you consider that the security guards were some of the refs, maybe they didn't have all the right guys out there or something."

Washington, who is working hard to bring his grades up in order to become a full qualifier, plans to take up varsity basketball as a senior. For now, he's preparing for a big senior season.

"It's going to be competitive," he said. "I'm working real hard to make sure I'm ready. I'm just trying to become the best player that I can."

In the meantime, Washington became one of the state's most heavily recruited players this spring.

"Man," he said, "my phone never seemed to stop ringing last month with all the colleges calling me. They all wanted to know if I was interested in playing for their schools and I told them all yes."

There's only one problem with that -- Washington said he's known for a long time where he wants to play his college ball.

"I've always wanted to play at UM," he said. "The tradition of running backs they have, it's close to home, everything. I told the coaches that when they played Ohio State last year, I wanted to play. When they offered me a scholarship, I verbally told them I was coming."

So how strong is Washington's commitment to Miami?

"It's just a lil something," he said. "It seems like people are asking me every day where I'm going to college. It's nothing serious, I just told the Miami coaches that I'm verbally committed. I will still take some other visits to places like Rutgers, Ohio State, and Michigan to see what else is out there."

Washington, who is first cousins with Oakland Raiders defensive back Derrick Gibson, said he's very excited about college but has something else on his mind right now.

"I just can't wait for our season to start," he said. "I'm going to run wild this year."

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