June 2, 2009

Washington is one to watch in 2011

Several top 2011 stars are already making a name for themselves. In the state of Ohio you have players like Braxton Miller, Steve Miller and Chris Rock making headlines.

One out of state player that is starting to make waves is Jackson (Tenn.) Trinity Christian Academy athlete Jabriel Washington. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound senior-to-be is already drawing attention from the likes of Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and Vanderbilt to name a few. But Ohio State has also thrown its hat into the ring for the talented blue-chipper that is already amassing offers.

"One of (the Ohio State coaches) coaches came down a little while ago," Washington said. "(They were checking in on me) a little bit."

His defensive coordinator has seen few athletes that have had as much promise as his star pupil.

"He's a great kid, not only athletically, but off the field as well," Maxwell said. "His character and his work ethic are superb, to go along with tremendous physical ability."

Washington currently plays quarterback but he knows that he will not be under center in college and that is just fine with him.

"In high school I am playing quarterback but in college I want to play either cornerback or wide receiver," Washington said.

The Buckeyes have looked at stars from the Volunteer state through the years but have not had much success here lately. They are getting in early with Washington and the future star is receptive to what he is hearing.

"I don't know a whole lot about them but I would like to go up there and visit and get to learn a lot more about them," Washington said.

Maxwell believes that Washington is well beyond his years in his understanding of the game and that whichever program lands him will be getting a player that already has a lot of polish to his game.

"His knowledge of the game is a far superior to a lot of kids and that's one of the things that allows him to be a great player," Maxwell said. "He has great acceleration and change of direction ability that allows him to be a special type player. He's a joy to coach and one of those kids that you just love being around."

The next several weeks will be busy ones for Washington as he starts to make his way around on the camp circuit.

"I am going to a one-day camp at Tennessee and then I will go to Georgia for three days and I will go to Florida for a one day camp in July."

But even though he is heavily mentioning schools that are all south of the Mason-Dixon line, distance is not a factor when it comes down to making a decision.

"I would like to keep all of my options open and make a decision so it really doesn't matter," Washington said.

Washington will have plenty of time to make a college decision as a class of 2011 star and it has been difficult for the Tennessee product to nail down what will be most important for him when it comes to choosing a school.

"Education is important but I know all of these schools will give me a good education," Washington said. "I am not really sure because every time I get asked that question I really don't know."

But there is no lack of interest with double digit offers already in hand and the Buckeyes know they are going to have to keep a close eye on a player that promises to be one of the best in the class of 2011.

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