North Gwinnett's Jordan Washington from Suwannee, GA is one of the top junior prospects in the Peach State for the Class of 2012. Washington is a massive 6-3, 260-pound defensive linemen that can line up on the edge or in the interior, and has been working hard for the start spring football.
"Every things going pretty good, I'm just working hard while getting ready for spring ball to start next week," said Washington. "I've been working out and doing speed and agility stuff and working on extra plays that I know."
As a junior Washington earned First team all-region and First team All-county after recording 50 tackles with a whopping 15 tackles for a loss and 6 sacks to go with 12 quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. He was also named to the Georgia VTO elite 100.
With the spring Evaluation period in full swing plenty of coaches have been coming by to check on the Gwinnet defensive prospect.
"There have been a lot stopping by, especially the last two weeks," said Washington. "Louisville, Buffalo, Purdue, Wake Forest, Air force, South Carolina, and Ole Miss all came by and USF came by last week. A lot of schools said they'll be coming by next week when we start practicing."
The USF staff has been talking to Washington for some time and extended an offer after a visit.
"I've been talking to Coach McGeoghan, he was explaining to me about the campus, the university itself, the type of defense that they run and how I would fit in," said Washington. "He watched my highlight film and liked how I play with my hands and my aggressive play and said I'm what they're looking for."
There has been plenty of interest in Washington with several teams extending early offers as he's now up to 8 offers.
"I have 8 offers from Mississippi State, Souther Miss, Michigan State, Central Michigan, South Alabama, Buffalo, Massachusetts, and South Florida offered me last Friday." said Washington. "There are also schools that are contacted me on a weekly basis, Auburn has been talking to me and came by, UAB, and several others are talking with me. "
"USF was my most recent offer and I felt great to get it," said Washington. "I was surprised and excited when they offered me."
With eight offers in hand and plenty of other showing interest Washington isn't ready to make a decision but does have a school that is standing out.
"I'm open to all of them so I don't have a narrowed down choice, but I like the University of South Florida a lot right now," said Washington. "I'm definitely going to get a visit down there real soon and go check out their campus this summer. I think I'm going to their SuperBull camp."
The Georgia defensive linemen talked about what he likes about USF.
"I like the type of defense they play and think I'll fit in good there," said Washington. "I had a good conversation with their coach and we seem to get along real nice. I like everything about USF, the Tampa area is nice, it's close to the beaches, and I can't wait to get down and see the campus, the facilities and everything."
Washington said coaching relationships are important and he likes what he sees out of the Bulls coach.
"Coach McGeoghan is real cool and a down to earth guy. We talked for awhile and I like him a lot," said Washington. "I also want to get to talk with their defensive line coach and get to know him too."
The 6-foot-3, 260 pound linemen likes the way the Bulls play defense and how they say he'll fit into the defensive scheme
"I've seen them play on TV a few times and from what I've seen and what they explained they like to mix it up, sometimes playing three down or four down linemen," said Washington. "They like how I can play both 5-technique outside end or 3-technique playing inside and my versatility."
"I love playing both and would love to play both in college," said Washington. "I like playing on the outside a bit more because of the freedom to make plays, but I also like to be on the inside because I like to bang it up, hit and disrupt the play."
The North Gwinnett defensive lineman has been earning a lot of praise and said what makes him a good football player.
"Everybody says I have great feet and great hands and I do have quick feet and I have 5 hand strength and all that," said Washington. "But I just love what I do. I Love playing D-line and don't play because I have too, I play because I love it. I love getting down and dirty in the trenches, getting after the quarterback. I believe I play hard with a passion and play with heart."
"I'm also pretty strong," said Washington. "I bench 335 and squat 436 and can power clean 280 pounds."
As to when Washington will make his choice he said he won't be a signing day guy and wants to make it early.
"I'd like to make my decision before the summer is over," said Washington. "After I get done with all the camps I'll be able to make my decision, but it'll definitely be before the season."
The standout defensive lineman does know what is most important when it comes down to making his choice.
"Number one is academics, my mom installed that into me my whole life and I plan on majoring in business, so I want to make sure they have a good program," said Washington. "Next is my relationship with the coaching staff and how I'll fit in to the program. Also how I like the campus and the environment. School is first, but I also want to have fun and enjoy where I'm at. It be great to play early, but it's not a big thing. I plan on working hard and you get out what you put in, so I'll work and play as soon as I can."
Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on Jordan Washington and the rest of the 2012 recruiting class.