Irish Have In With Washington

Notre Dame is gearing up it's passing game under Charlie Weis, so the Irish will need players that can catch the ball and then make plays. Taurian Washington of Saint Mary's Prep School (Orchard Lake, Mich.) is on the early target list of wide receiver prospects the Irish are looking at for the 2007 recruiting class.

There has been a lot of transition for Taurian Washington over the last year. The biggest transition for him was that he had to transfer to Saint Mary's Prep at the beginning of the school year because his former high school closed. Taurian is also adjusting to the recruiting attention he's receiving. Notre Dame is one of the schools hot on his trail.

"I think it was at the end of the (football) season they started sending letters," Washington replied when asked when he first knew that Notre Dame was going to recruit him. "It was exciting because my friend is David Grimes who goes to Notre Dame. I went to high school with him. He told me to take a look at Notre Dame. He said the program is very nice and to take a look into it. He said that they had a great staff."

Take a look at it he did. Washington took Grimes' advice and made a trip to Notre Dame with his high school teammate Dionte Allen for the Notre Dame junior day on January 14.

"I took a tour around campus," Washington described. "I talked to the staff and then went to a basketball game. I thought it was a nice school. It reminded my a little of St Mary's.

"I liked the coaching staff. They told you the truth. They didn't just tell you what you wanted to hear. They tell you the real things that happen.

"I talked to coach Weis after eating and he told me, if I was waiting to hear what I wanted to hear, that I'd be waiting a long time. I had to laugh on that. He's a good guy though.'

With his friend already working under Charlie Weis, we asked Taurian if Grimes was able to confirm that Weis was straightforward with the players once they got to campus.

"All the time," he replied emphatically.

Besides Notre Dame, Washington has been getting a steady stream of mail from all the top program in the Midwest.

"Wisconsin, Michigan State, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Oregon, Ohio State, Michigan," he said when asked which schools had been recruiting him the hardest.

"There are more schools I'm looking at...Penn State, Pittsburgh and Purdue. I have offers from Wisconsin and Michigan State."

Two scholarship offers this early in the process is impressive for a junior. Notre Dame hasn't offered Washington, but that could come with time.

"Coach Ianello said he was going to come to my school in May to look at a couple more of my films," he responded when asked if Notre Dame had discussed the timing of a scholarship offer.

Washington didn't have his junior year statistics available but reported 1,000 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.


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