James Washington, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound defensive end from Winter Park High School is now a member of the Syracuse 2012 recruiting class and talked about his reasons for making a verbal pledge with us moments ago.
"I just committed to Syracuse this morning," Washington stated. "I called and talked to Coach (Doug) Marrone and Coach (Greg) Adkins initially and then got to talk to everyone and it was great. I'm really ready to get up to Syracuse and win some games with those guys."
Washington had close to 20 offers and we asked him what set the Orange apart from the others.
"I have always watched Syracuse play and they've always had a good program and I figured I could be a part of the history there," Washington explained. "I like how their defense gets after it as they had a Top 10 defense last season and are very aggressive. They can play with anybody on defense and get to the quarterback and that's what I'm about; getting after it."
"The coaches at Syracuse helped a lot in my decision. I got to connect with them a lot and did my own research as well. I want to go into some sort of major with computers, so I'm looking into Computer Engineering or anything similar to that."
Washington talked about the role he expects to play for the Orange and when he has been told to be ready to be on the field at the Carrier Dome.
"I'm going to play a hybrid defensive end/linebacker position as we switch back and forth from the 3-4 and 4-3," Washington said. "They haven't told me I'm going to red-shirt and told me they're losing three defensive ends next year, so I'll need to get ready to be on the field as soon as possible."
As a junior, Washington registered 58 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 15 sacks and two forced fumbles.
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