OL sees good opportunity at UM

Brandon Washington is a three-star offensive line prospect who signed with Miami last year but had to spend the fall semester at a prep school. Read on to see how Washington's doing there this season, his thoughts on Miami's season, how eager he is to return, and a very funny story he shared about his time up north.

"We're doing OK up here but I'm ready to come home," Brandon Washington said. "I've been ready for awhile now. We're 7-2 but it's hard to get hyped up for a game because there are like 18 people in the stands. The only people that come are a few parents, some girlfriends, and things like that. I'm looking forward to going home for Thanksgiving for about 10 days and then I'll only have a few more days left up here."

Washington is at Milford Prep Academy in New Berlin, N.Y. after he was unable to qualify for the fall semester at the University of Miami. Washington explained what a typical day for him is like.

"You wake up at seven, eat breakfast, do your workout, and then get ready for school at nine," he said. "I'm taking five classes this semester and I'm doing good. Basically, the school here does a good job of preparing you for college."

Washington, 6-foot-4 and 325 pounds, is excited to move on to the next stage of his football career.

"I'm done with school here in December and I'll start at Miami in January," he said. "It'll be good to get back with all my friends. I see what Jacory, Spence, and all them are doing and I wanna be there, being a part of that. My goal is to go in there in the spring, get the playbook down, and compete for a starting spot."

The talented big man is confident he'll be able to compete for a spot next year.

"The line isn't playing real good right now and they have some seniors so there's a good opportunity for new people to come in there and win a job," he said. "I talk to Coach Stoutland once a week and he keeps me updated on everything."

Washington said he hasn't been able to watch the last few Miami games but he's kept up on their season.

"Up here, you don't get all the games," he said. "I had to listen to the Wake Forest game and only see the highlights. I had a friend giving me updates when they played Duke. They needed those last few wins and hopefully they can keep it going. You can see them getting better with all those young guys."

While Washington patiently awaits going back home, he spends a lot of his free time playign video games. He shared a funny story about that.

"You have a lot of time to play that stuff," he laughed. "I'm playing a dynasty on NCAA (Football, the video game) and I created myself as a prospect. I'm playing the game as the head coach of Miami and I guess I didn't recruit myself good enough so the player I created actually signed with Alabama. It was funny."

Washington plans on taking his official visit to Miami in December.

* On a side note, Washington was rooming with fellow UM signee Zach Kane earlier in the year. That's no longer the case.

"Miami stopped recruiting him and as soon as that happened, he got out of here and left the school," he said.

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