Georgia speedster talks about VU commitment

Persistence paid off for the Vanderbilt coaching staff, which landed a commitment from Stone Mountain, Georgia's <b>Alex Washington</b> over the weekend. The fleet receiver, perhaps the most impressive receiver last summer at Vanderbilt's prospect camps, goes on the record with his reasons for selecting the Commodores.

If Alex Washington wasn't the best wide receiver at Vanderbilt's top prospects camp last June 13, he was pretty close to the top. The Commodores continued to pursue Washington all through the fall, and their persistence paid off last weekend, as the 5-9, 175-pound speedstser gave Bobby Johnson his verbal commitment.

Washington, a product of the Stone Mountain (Ga.) powerhouse Stephenson High School, had been impressed by Vanderbilt's performance on Nov. 20 in a 38-33 loss to Tennessee. He was back on campus again last weekend for his official visit, and by the end of the weekend he was sold.

"They put us up in the Marriott, and they pretty much showed us Nashville," Washington said. "I went out with the players, and they showed me a good time. They also told me about all the academics, and I really liked that.

"They graduate like 95 percent of their players, so I thought it was a good fit for me. I've been thinking about what's beyond football, and what Vanderbilt can do for me."

Washington, who plans to major in engineering, has been clocked as fast as 4.43 in the 40. He played both receiver and corner for Stephenson, which finished 7-4. He'll play wide receiver at Vanderbilt, where he'll pair with previous commitment Justin Wheeler (North Augusta, S.C.).

Defensive line coach David Turner was Washington's primary recruiter from the Commodore staff. The fleet receiver had an offer from Wake Forest and interest from programs like Georgia, Georgia Tech and Auburn. He plans no more visits, however.

Is his commitment firm? "It's pretty firm," he said.

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