Its your Birthday Tom! Take the rest of the day off and have one for me.
TomVH: An Interview With Adolphus Washington
Brady Hoke has made it clear that the state of Ohio will be one of the main areas of focus [Ed-M: linked to DD on Ohio] for recruiting going forward. He proved that point early on by offering most of the top ranked prospects in the state to the south, including defensive end Adolphus Washington. The Taft High standout spoke with me today about Michigan and where he's at in the process. Here's a look at his film and what he had to say.
TOM: I know it's still early, but you already have a good amount of offers in hand, do you have any visits planned right now? What's next for you?
ADOLPHUS: I don't have any visits planned yet, but I'll probably start taking some in a couple weeks. I haven't really had time because of basketball, so once that's over I will.
TOM: Where have you taken visits so far?
ADOLPHUS: Just Ohio State and Kentucky, I think that's it.
TOM: You said you don't have any visits planned, but do you have an idea of what schools you want to see?
ADOLPHUS: I want to see the Midwest schools like Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Kentucky. I can't go too far obviously, so just the local ones. Ohio State and Michigan will be my first two visits.
TOM: Since you haven't seen most of these schools yet, how are you evaluating them or analyzing them?
ADOLPHUS: When I'm at school I look up their rosters to see who they have coming back and who's redshirting. I kind of look at defensive end more, some schools want me to play outside linebacker, defensive end type role. Michigan has said just defensive end.
TOM: I'm sure the coaches are probably all saying something similar about their schools, but what has Michigan been telling you so far?
ADOLPHUS: Michigan, they think highly of a lot of guys here. They say they need Ohio guys to build their program. I mainly talk to Coach Smith and Coach Mattison sometimes too.
TOM: It's early, but do you feel comfortable talking to them? Do you feel like you're establishing a good relationship with them?
ADOLPHUS: I've established a real good relationship with them. Our AD at Taft used to play for Coach Smith at Indiana State so I trust him because of that.
TOM: I know you and your teammate WR Dwayne Stanford have said you want to play together in college, is that 100%?
ADOLPHUS: We're kind of looking at everything together, we like the same thing in schools. Our majors will be different, but yeah we're 100% going to school together.
TOM: I know that there's a lot of talk about you guys being Ohio State leans, and really liking Ohio State. Are you open to listen to other schools, or are you guys set on Ohio State?
ADOLPHUS: We're open to everybody. We like Ohio State because we grew up fans of Ohio State, but we're giving everyone a chance. Michigan is recruiting me very hard. A lot of people say that I'm an Ohio State lean, but Michigan is still recruiting me hard and I like that. That says a lot about them that they're still coming after me like that. Their program was down last year but I think they're an up and coming program and they'll be back.
TOM: When you start to take visits what are you going to be looking for when your on campus?
ADOLPHUS: When I go to a school I'm going to be looking for how I fit in with everybody else, how do they treat the players and everybody else on campus. Are the players segregated from everybody, or is everyone together. I want everyone to be treated equally with the players, I don't want it to be separate.
TOM: Do you have any preference for scheme?
ADOLPHUS: I can play in any scheme.
TOM: Fair enough. With that being said what do you think are your strengths and weaknesses, and what's your height and weight right now?
ADOLPHUS: I'm 6-foot-4, 258-pounds right now. I think my strengths are rushing the quarterback and being the first to the quarterback. I think I need to learn how to use my hands more, to use my hands better. That's something that I work on.
TOM: Do you know when you're going to make your final decision?
ADOLPHUS: I'm going to make my decision at the Under Armour All American game.
he can do what he loves and please the masses with more updates.
Adolphus = ' noble majestic wolf'. Old Germanic. Latinized from Adolph. We needs some wolves to run with the 'rines.
Have we offered Stanford yet?
Not Tom but yes we have. Haven't heard anything about reciprocal interest though.
He would be a great pick up for the class, i hope we get him.
Do we have a reasonable shot at Mr. Washington, or is he going to TSIO? I know the situation with Coach Teflon makes it a variable, but there's nothing in Washington's comments about that situation.
I'm supposing Tressel's PR game resonates less favorably with some recruits these days...
How the heck didn't this guy get on the NOY ballot?
I like his self confidence. Bring it to Michigan, man.
Kentucky =/= Midwest
That's why we don't recruit outside of the Midwest.
I remember reading on ESPN awhile back that he was talking to Michigan coaches weekly, so we are really going after him hard. Hope it pays off.
Well the fact that he acknowledges that the coaches are going after him hard speaks volumes.
It's important that they don't concede these guys to OSU, but damn is this a tall order.
It seems like there's a s***load of good defensive ends in Ohio this year. It's almost unbelievable.
He is a monster. I think he is a strong OSU guy, but man. This is one of those years that you can make a killing in Ohio. Nice year to be opposite a liar.
Haha. I like the self-serving "edit" to add a link to one of the "editor's" own previous posts. Nice touch.
The UA All-American game announcements are irritating. I wish more players would announce at their HSs and not worry about getting on ESPN. If you're going to Michigan or OSU you'll get plenty of opportunities for that.
Plus, then we have to wait until January. Though hopefully, TSIO will have imploded by then. So there's that.
I believe it's safe to say that Adolphus has enough size to play the strong-side end position. I know it's early in the process and probably a long shot but do we take both Washington and Wormley if we get the opportunity?