Jerome Washington was offered by the Hurricanes a few weeks ago and decided to make his commitment to Miami just a couple days later. At 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, Washington played high school football at Stony Brook High on Long Island and was set to enroll at St. Francis University before opting to back out.
A full qualifier out of high school, Washington decided to instead walk-on at Rutgers starting in the 2013 season. Before he actually enrolled, he changed his mind and decided to go the prep school route. He enrolled at The Gunnery, a prep school in Connecticut before leaving there for Mercer Community College for the 2014 season.
Since Mercer does not have a football team, Washington has been playing on a club team called Gattaca, which competes against other Junior College teams and prep schools. Rutgers continued recruiting him the entire time and had a scholarship available for him for the Class of 2015. He even attended three games at Rutgers and it appeared as though that was going to be his destination.
Then his film found his way into the hands of Miami's coaches in early November. The Hurricanes offered him a scholarship immediately and he committed three days later.
Washington is set to graduate later this month and have four years of eligibility as a Hurricane starting in 2015. He has a tremendous combination of size, speed, and athleticism. The biggest knock on him as a prospect is the caliber of competition he's been playing against the last few years but he clearly has the goods from a physical standpoint.
Jahair Jones is another player who is expected to be on campus this weekend. At 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds, Jones is an offensive tackle prospect from ASA College in New York. Originally from South River High in Maryland, Jones was a qualifier out of high school but decided to attend Junior College to get more looks.
That decision has paid off. Jones has already taken official visits this year to Ohio State and Virginia Tech and now he's set to see Miami this weekend. Only a freshman, Jones will have four years to play three and is set to graduate later this month. He doesn't have any other official visits lined up right now so it appears as though this is a three-team race.
The Hurricanes already have four offensive line commitments but they still seem interested in adding a couple more. Two key high school targets remaining are Jalen Merrick and Fredrick Johnson. They also plan on adding a Junior College transfer. Jones is one major target and another is a kid they just offered yesterday (Malik Cuellar).
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