Washington Verbals During OSU Visit

Indianapolis Franklin Central wide receiver/defensive back Donald Washington became OSU's 16th verbal commitment during his weekend official visit. Click this free link for more.

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.

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