Washington Decides to Stay Close to Home

When Brandon Washington walked into the building at our Scout.com Combine last Saturday, he already had eight scholarship offers in his back pocket.

Going out and trying to earn a scholarship offer, like many of the campers, wasn't his main priority. Instead, Brandon Washington wanted to prove that he was one of the best players out there.

"I wanted to show people what I could do," Washington, who checked in at 6-4 and 315, said. "It was a real good experience. There was a lot of good competition and I got to do some one-on-ones from both sides."

Exactly one week after the camp, in which he was named to the All-Combine Team, Washington decided to end the recruiting process early. He committed to the hometown Hurricanes.

"That's where I've always wanted to go," he said. "Ever since they offered me last year, I've never really thought too much about anyone else. I just thought it was the right thing to do."

The talented lineman from Miami Edison High is very familiar with some of the coaches at UM.

"I've talked to Coach Shannon," he said. "I really think he's going to turn Miami back into a national power, a team that can win the title every year. I've been talking to Coach Stoutland I really like what he's going. And my old coach here, Coach Bell, is down there working. I just felt real comfortable with those guys."

Washington, who had eight other offers including ones from Auburn, USC, and Rutgers, said the distance also played a key role.

"I don't know how I feel about flying," he laughed. "My family and friends can come watch me play anytime. It's close to home and I felt like helping build them back up would be better than going away."

Washington plays on both sides of the ball at Edison but projects as an offensive lineman in college.

"I think I'm pretty athletic and can move around pretty good for my size," he said. "I just like to go out there and dominate."

Washington, who carries a 2.5 GPA in the classroom, said he's not likely going to take any other recruiting visits.

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