September 25, 2011
Film Vault: Washington is just plain dominant
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Adolphus Washington continued his dominant senior season on Saturday night as Taft rolled past Cincinnati Aiken to improve its season record to 3-2. For the game, Washington certainly filled up the box score with 10 tackles, six tackles-for-loss, three sacks, a forced fumble, and a pass deflection on defense. Washington made his presence felt on offense and special teams as well, hauling in a 16-yard touchdown reception and returning a punt for a touchdown.
"It was nice to get back in the win column," said Washington. "Last week we came off a tough loss, losing to Withrow 23-8, so it feels good to redeem ourselves."
The highlight of Washington's evening had to be the punt return touchdown on one of the more interesting plays you will ever see on a football field. Aiken's punter nearly whiffed on the punt attempt and kicked the ball along the ground and the ball rolled and found its way into Washington's arms. Washington scooped the ball up, stiff-armed a defender, and raced down the sideline for the score.
"I've never had a punt return touchdown in my life," he laughed. "The ball bounced and my gloves just caught on to it so I just ran. I really didn't know what to do, so I just took off."
The win keeps Taft in solid position for a playoff berth.
"We just need to continue to play how we played tonight," he said. "Everybody is playing hard every play and everybody played together. We just need to keep this going throughout the season."
In terms of recruiting, things are starting to take shape for Washington as he recently scheduled his first official visit and may have another one setup by the end of the weekend.
"I actually have a visit setup to Alabama on October 22nd," Washington explained. "Me and Dwayne (Stanford) are trying to go to Oregon. We're going to call the Oregon coaches (Sunday) morning and see what day we can come out there."
Alabama has been on Washington's short list for a while now and he's looking forward to his trip South to learn more about the Crimson Tide program.
"I'm (looking forward to) going down there to see how the school is and see how the players are," he said. "I actually have a cousin that goes there (Alfred McCullough) and he says it's a good place to go but I have to see it for myself."
Washington reiterated that Ohio State may not receive an official visit due to the proximity from Washington's home, though he does plan to make it to Columbus at some point in the next few weeks.
"They actually told me not to (use an official visit) because I'm so close and I can come up any time I want," he said. "I definitely plan to get up there (for a game)."
Still, the Buckeyes continue to sit in strong position for one of the top prospects in the nation.
"Ohio State would be my top school but the other schools are still pretty close," he said.
Washington also mentioned Michigan State as a school that he is trying to schedule an official visit with.
To say that Washington is making a strong case for number one overall player in Ohio would be a massive understatement. Washington has absolutely dominated each and every week during his senior season and has shaken the label of a player that plays to his competition level.
While Aiken is certainly not a great test in terms of rating Washington, he was a dominant force in all aspects of the game and did exactly what a highly rated prospect should do against an inferior opponent. Washington's athleticism is simply off the charts and while defensive end will almost certainly be his future, it's hard to imagine there would be many, if any at all, better tight end prospects in the nation.
As Washington continues to develop more moves and learns how to use his hands more effectively, it is scary to think how good he could become by his second year in a college program.
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