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.
WASHINGTON ON CHOOSING OHIO STATE:
"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."