Signing Day Impact: Adolphus Washington

Ohio State's coaching staff just watched with faces filled with smiles, as the letter of intent signed by Adolphus Washington rolled out of the fax machine. The five-star defensive end is the top prospect in the Midwest, and a welcome addition to Ohio State's defensive line.

One could argue that November 22nd was the first day of 2011 that the black cloud hovering over Ohio State was lifted, and No, that was not the day Urban Meyer was hired.

November 22nd was the day Adolphus Washington committed to Ohio State, and before the end of the month, Meyer was on-board as head coach. The fortunes of Ohio State changed the day Washington committed, and things are continuing to get even better.

Washington, 6-foot-5, 255-pounds, is a five-star defensive end, and not only the number-one prospect in Ohio, but in the Midwest as well.


Adolphus Washington was simply the best defensive football player I saw in 2011, and he has a chance to be in the regular rotation at Ohio State the minute he shows up. He combines power, speed, athleticism and great desire to form the near-perfect defensive end package.

He looks to have the grace and quickness of a wide receiver, yet he has the strength and bulk of an offensive guard. Last year was so impressive in Ohio for top-end talent, yet nobody challenged Washington for the number-one spot all season long. He is a game-changer off the edge, and will be an offensive lineman's worst nightmare once he learns the Ohio State system.


"Ohio State stressed to me how important I was to their class," Washington said. "But I don't want to go in with a big head like I made this class what it is. I understand what my commitment means to them, but I just go in thinking that I am ready to work."

Washington admitted Ohio State has felt right since day one.

"From the beginning of the recruitment process I had Ohio State, but then I kind of felt that maybe Ohio State wasn't the best place for me," he said. "After I took my visits and stuff, it is just in me. When I went to my visits, all the coaches told me to go with my gut decision and do what is best for myself. I think Ohio State is the best place for me."

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