Michigan Stands Out With Washington

Orchard Lake St. Mary's wideout Taurian Washington made it back up to Ann Arbor a few times last week, and each time he came away even more impressed with what the Wolverines have to offer. He was especially pleased with his interaction with the coaching staff … Coach Erik Campbell in particular.

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“It went fine," Washington said of his Thursday visit to practice. “I liked the facilities and I am feeling the coaching staff at Michigan. I like the way the coaches treat the players. I had a chance to talk to the whole staff. I like Coach Campbell. We have a nice little vibe going on. We talked about receiver stuff mainly… about how to run routes.”

When not speaking with the coaches, Washington focused on observing the receivers during the practice, and he came away impressed with them as well. "Mario Manningham really stood out," he said. "To me, it's just the way he goes to get the ball when it is up in the air.”.

Washington, who made it over to Ann Arbor for the spring game on Saturday as well, currently lists offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Penn State, NC State and Georgia Tech. The young receiver has already come of up with a list of factors that will play the most prominent role in his choice.

“I really have to be feeling the school that I attend," Washington explained. "It also has to have my major, which will be in sports management or communications."

The subject of choosing a college is one that's really prevalent among the players at St. Mary's. With at least five prospects that will receive division scholarships next year, and a few others that received scholarships this year, the young men often take the opportunity to compare notes. One teammate that Washington has discussed the process with is teammate and friend Dionte Allen. The two players battle it out on the field during practices to make each other better, and they've talked about doing the same thing in college as well.

“It’s just the way we compete and go at each other," said Washington when describing his rivalry and friendship with Allen. "There is a lot of trashing talking going on. I feel like this…to be the best you have to go against the best, and Dionte is one of the best. We have talked about going to the same school quite often as of late." The two went together to attend the U-M practice this past Thursday.

Washington's efforts to become the best will continue this offseason when he competes in track and participates in various camps and combines. The young wideout describes himself as a player that can go up and get the ball, and that has great hands. However, he feels he needs to get better at running routes, foot work agility, and speed. Track will help with some of that. The 6-1, 190-pounder runs the 4 x 200, 4 X 100 and the open 200 meters, where he has been clocked at 21.9. He hopes to finish up strong for his junior year so he can focus on football and recruiting.

"I plan on attending the Nike camp and making some visits," he said. "Hopefully I will make my decision before our football season starts."

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