The class of 2012 will be the year of the defensive end in the State of Ohio and Adolphus Washington is one of the top ones in the Buckeye state. The Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft standout has already seen a ton of interest and as the months go on more schools will try and get involved with one of the best players in Ohio.
Washington is busy now with basketball season and his Taft team is 2-0. He admitted in his first game he was stuck with foul trouble but he put up 11 points in his second game. But even with his primary attention focused on basketball the football recruitment is not going away any time soon.
"Things have been going pretty well," Washington said. "A couple coaches came to see me this week and some came to practices last week. I think it was Ohio State, Alabama and Texas Tech last week. I think it was Ohio State and Alabama again last week along with Purdue and Michigan State."
Coach John Peterson has handled Washington's recruitment so far for the Buckeyes. Ohio State told Washington early in the process that they were going to issue him a verbal offer but a written offer is not allowed to be extended until August 1st of 2011 for class of 2012 players.
"They said that they will give me a written offer as soon as it is allowed," Washington said. "It means a lot because it is difficult to get an offer from them and being one of the first in the class of 2012 says that they think I have the potential to have an impact on the program."
Washington understands the significance of the timing of the offer.
"I talked to (current Buckeye) Solomon Thomas and he said that he didn't get offered until the end of his senior year," Thomas said. "But to get the verbal (now) made me feel really good."
Alabama and Purdue are two other schools that have been on the front burner for Washington and the defending National Champs have been saying the right things to pique Washington's interest.
"Their coaches are good guys and they said that I have the potential to play early," Washington said. "And they also liked my size."
Another Taft high school alumni is in the recruiting picture right now with Cornellius Carradine drawing interest. Washington didn't know him having gone to Cincinnati (Ohio) Roger Bacon high school during his freshman year but believes that 'Tank' will be visiting Ohio State on Friday.
But as for Washington, he is in no hurry to make a decision despite his interest in Ohio State. Things can always change as things go on but right now he would like to see more of the process.
"I am just going to let things ride out until my senior year," Washington said. "So there is a lot of stuff that I need put into perspective in choosing a college."
And what is most important to the 2012 star?
"The biggest choice is academics," Washington said. "Football will get me an education but I am not going to let football use me. I would like to get into communications or something in the field of business."