Ohio State has had a lot of success recruiting the Atlanta suburb of Suwanee.
Cameron Heyward, the first-round pick by the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, and defensive back Bradley Roby, who has started every game this year for Ohio State, were two Buckeye recruiting targets from Suwanee. They both played at Peachtree Ridge High School. (Roby had 4 tackles, 1 interception and 2 pass defended vs. Michigan State last week)
Ohio State is pursing another Georgia talent in Jordan Washington, a 6-foot-3 and 260-pound defensive end from nearby North Gwinnett High School.
Washington got a verbal offer from Ohio State last week, and has the Buckeyes and Mississippi State as his two finalists out of 17 scholarship offers, which also included Kentucky, Ole Miss, South Florida and Maryland.
Washington plans to make unofficial visits to Ohio State and Mississippi State this month, and will announce his college decision sometime in November.
“Ohio State called me out of the blue, and I didn’t take it serious at first because it’s so late in the recruiting process,” Washington told the AJC. “They [Ohio State] explained all the things they had been going through over the last year, saying they haven’t been as focused as they usually are on recruiting. But now they were, and they wanted me.”
What was Ohio State’s salespitch? “They said I remind them a lot of Cameron Heyward,” Washington said. “He’s from Suwanee, too, but a different high school. They liked my film and say I’m a very physical player.”
What about Mississippi State? “I went there for camp and I liked almost everything. I have a great relationship with the coaches. They’ve been like mentors to me throughout the recruiting process.”
Washington can play both defensive end and defensive tackle in college, according to his coach. “He’s got nice-looking size, strength, explosion and power,” North Gwinnett’s Bob Sphire said. “I think he can play multiple positions along the defensive line … he will give his college coaches options at playing inside or on the edge.”
Washington, who is a native of New York and moved to the Atlanta area when he was in the fifth grade, has a 2.8 GPA and wants to major in Sports Marketing.
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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