Year-in and year-out, the state of Texas is one of the top three football talent-producing states in the nation. The Buckeyes, however, haven't been able to tap any of that talent in recent years as the last big star OSU brought in from the Lone Star State was David Boston. This year, however, things could change as OSU is in on a few recruits from that state, and one of them is standout DE Tim Washington.
Washington hails from Sugar Land, TX, where he plays for Dulles High School. He is currently 6-4, 240 pounds and runs a 4.7. He is ranked as the #12 DE prospect in America by TheInsiders.com and has been offered by a who's who of college football. The Buckeyes are one of those schools who have offered. Where do they stand with him?
"My top schools are Miami, Florida and Ohio State," he said.
What does he like about the Buckeyes?
"I have heard a lot of great things about Ohio State," he said. I have heard about the tradition. I have heard how everyone there wants to go to Ohio State... I am getting a lot of mail from Ohio State."
What about the in-state schools?
"I have been in Texas all my life," Tim said. "I want to get out on my own."
It sounds like OSU definitely at least has a shot at a visit, but it won't come during the football season.
"I won't make my visits until later in the year," he said. "We play some Saturday games. About half are on Saturday so it will be difficult to take visits during the season. I will probably start taking my visits in December and January after our season is over."
Tim was injured last year, but he still put up great numbers in the games he played. He doesn't know for sure what those numbers are though.
"I missed 6 games with broken ribs," he said. "I had 14 or 15 sacks. I would have to ask my coach. I don't keep track of those things."
Maybe one reason Tim wants to get out of Texas is the Texas-sized insects. He was having problems with them while we were on the phone. "I am over here getting ate up by bugs and you're laughing at me!" he said.
As of July, Tim was only 10 points short on the SAT of being fully qualified. This sounds like a recruit to definitely keep an eye on this year.