Washington has high interest in Irish

With his scholarship offer list growing, Adolphus Washington knows he will have his choice of schools to sign with in February. Washington spoke with Irish Eyes about his interest in Notre Dame.

Going from football to basketball without a break had started to wear on Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft defensive end Adolphus Washington. However, a deep run and winning a state championship proved the commitment to both sports was worth it.

"I kind of needed a break after football," Washington told Irish Eyes during our visit at Taft High School. "I needed to stay in shape because of the level of competition. So instead of sitting at home and doing nothing, I felt it was better to be out here with my teammates working to get better."

Because of his team's state run, football recruiting been put to the back burner. Now it is time things will start to heat up and Notre Dame is a school the 6-foot-6, 255-pound has high interest in looking at more.

"I have not really thought much about football recruiting because of basketball. Now, I am just starting to get things going again after winning the championship. I had visited Notre Dame for their game against Stanford. While they did not win, I did enjoy the experience. I was very impressed with how the students interacted with us treating us like normal people instead of big-time football recruits."

Living in Cincinnati gave Adolphus a front row seat during Irish head coach Brian Kelly's time at the University of Cincinnati. Washington knows Kelly is the right coach for the job.

"Coach Kelly did very well at UC. Therefore, I know he is going to turn the Notre Dame program around also. Notre Dame has great academics and I have been told they have great alumni that are very important up there."

As for his relationship with his main recruiter for Notre Dame, Washington is waiting for a little one-on-one with Coach (Tim) Hinton.

"Coach Hinton is a good guy. He says he wants to play me in basketball, so I am still waiting for that to happen."

As for what position Notre Dame is talking about him playing if he picked the Irish, Washington said those talks have not happened. However, they made it clear how they see him in the Irish program.

"The coaches at Notre Dame have said they feel I could be a difference maker there."

Irish Eyes will continue following the recruitment of Adolphus Washington in the coming weeks and months.

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