Prior to his visit to Ohio State this weekend, Indianapolis Franklin Central wide receiver/defensive back Donald Washington was said to consider playing at Ohio State as a “dream.”
Washington (6-2, 185, 4.45) made that dream come true when he verbaled to the Buckeyes over Indiana and Illinois.
“It’s the tradition,” Washington said. “I like it there and I liked the people there.”
Washington was hosted by Shaun Lane, but he said he got along “with all of them.
“This was the first time I got to see the stadium in person and it was impressive as well.”
He was a fine-two way player for Franklin Central, which finished its season 6-4. Washington had 45 catches for 800 yards and 10 TDs. He also had four picks (2 for TDs) and 2 fumble recoveries. Washington reports a 3.2 GPA and a 19 ACT.
As a junior, Washington recorded over 40 receptions for 800 yards and 13 touchdowns while playing the entire season with a broken foot. Prior to that, he became the first sophomore in Indiana High School history to win the state long jump.
“They’re looking at me as a safety,” Washington said. “I think they like my height and my hitting ability. I really like (defensive backs coach Mel) Tucker. He’s a great guy.”
When asked when he became an Ohio State fan, Washington said, “Probably since 2002, when they won the national championship.”
Washington said he enjoyed a chance to also speak with OSU head coach Jim Tressel.
“I talked to him yesterday,” Washington said. “Everything he had to say was good.”
Washington, who holds a 3.2 GPA and scored a 19 on the ACT, becomes OSU’s 16th verbal commitment in a class that could number between 18 and 20.