DE Jordan Washington talks about Ohio State football offer

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.

Jordan Washington

North Gwinnett DE-DT Jordan Washington (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

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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17 comments Add your comment

JAWJeRDAWG

October 5th, 2011
6:24 am

Considering the mess their program is seemingly in right now, I don’t think I’d consider Ohio State, Jordan Washington.

Paddy

October 5th, 2011
6:43 am

JAWJeDAWG……..As much as it pains me, I must agree. They WILL have a new coach next year and all these guys that Jordan has spoken with will be at other schools coaching. Absolutly a great place to play football. Just not right now.

DC

October 5th, 2011
7:00 am

Congrats on the offer! We all know that OSU will be getting a big name for a coach, and it should be heavily considered. The Buckeyes don’t offer just anyone. Best of luck on your decision.

[...] DE Jordan Washington talks about Ohio State football offer October 5, 2011, by Michael Carvell 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. Jordan Washington North Gwinnett DE-DT Jordan Washington (AJC photo by Michael Carvell) 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.? cont… http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2011…ootball-offer/ [...]

bitter spoiled recruit

October 5th, 2011
4:17 pm

YOU –rr–really concedering—ohio st——?????????????????—–do you watch espn at all?????

—————-SEC—————-football rules——–soon to include missouri

bucket

October 5th, 2011
4:36 pm

@ DC. Great point. Ohio State won’t be down for long and will make a great hire.

Paddy

October 5th, 2011
4:52 pm

bitter spoiled……I watch ESPN. Whats your point?

The Agent

October 5th, 2011
5:08 pm

GREAT JOB ANOTHER GONE OUT OF STATE.

Paddy

October 5th, 2011
5:59 pm

The Agent….I guess if we had 195 scholly’s we could keep them all. What is your solution by the way. lol Math was not your major,I assume?

Delbert D.

October 5th, 2011
7:52 pm

These are some very odd statistics. States who produced 2011 FBS starting QBs:

Georgia – 2 (Tim Jefferson, Air Force, and Bryan Ellis, UAB)

California – 25
Texas – 19
Florida – 15
Ohio – 8
Virginia – 7
Alabama – 5
Indiana – 4
Arkansas – 3
Kentucky – 3
Washington – 3
New York – 0
All other states – 2 or 1

Delbert D.

October 5th, 2011
7:53 pm

Rivals is the source for that info on starting QBs by state

Delbert D.

October 5th, 2011
7:59 pm

A breakdown of the information from Rivals by Sportsratings.typepad.com

“Here’s a list of the top 12 states in population, their percentage of the U.S. population, the number of quarterbacks expected based on that proportion, and the actual number of starting quarterbacks in the FBS, and finally the difference between expectation and reality.

State %Pop exp QBs diff
1. California 11.9 14 25 +11
2. Texas 8.0 10 19 +9
3. New York 6.2 7 0 -7
4. Florida 6.0 7 15 +8
5. Illinois 4.1 5 2 -3
6. Pennsylvania 4.1 5 2 -3
7. Ohio 3.7 4 8 +4
8. Michigan 3.2 4 2 -2
9. Georgia 3.1 4 2 -2
10. North Carolina 3.1 4 2 -2
11. New Jersey 2.8 3 0 -3
12. Virginia 2.6 3 7 +4

“The top trio of California, Texas, and Florida each easily outperforms their expectation, by 11 quarterbacks, 9, and 8 respectively. The next most QBs come from Ohio (8), who should have just 4, and Virginia (7), who should have just three.

“New York underperforms by 7, and the fact that their score is zero is pretty remarkable. It’s true that football is “bigger” in the South, but Ohio—certainly no southern state—has just 60% of New York’s population but managed to produce 8 starters.

“Add in the fact that New Jersey has 0 and that’s a pretty big goose egg for “New York area” high school football.”

Objective Observer

October 5th, 2011
9:53 pm

Interesting that Alabama produced 5 in spite of the fact that their total population is less than that of metro Atlanta.

JustaHSfan

October 5th, 2011
10:00 pm

Big Bryan Veazey 6′4″ 288 lbs guard and tackle for Coffee HS is getting alot of attention for his big play this year..AJC needs to do a reports on this kid.

Paddy

October 6th, 2011
6:24 am

Delbert D…….Ohio compares to just about any state in prospects and their love of football. It does rival the South in enthusiasm for the sport.

wctube

October 11th, 2011
2:35 pm

GREAT JOB ANOTHER GONE OUT OF STATE.

http://www.wctube.com/

BuckeyeFan

October 13th, 2011
1:44 pm

Ohio State is an easy choice over Miss St. Better education and a better football opportunity. Plus Urban Meyer will probably be the coach there soon.