Elite RB recruit Maurice Washington is one of Nebraska football’s biggest remaining target on National Signing Day 2018. Here’s what you should know about Maurice Washington.
Maurice Washington is an Under Armour All-American
Washington played in one of the recruiting world’s biggest showcases on New Year’s Day, and he did not disappoint. Washington scored three touchdowns, the first time a player had done that in the 11-year history of the game. Not a bad audition for college coaches.
Maurice Washington is a 4-star recruit who can play right away
Nebraska has four commits who have achieved four-star status in the 247Sports composite rankings, but adding one at running back would be a big boost.
“It was watching him stack up against everybody else who’s supposed to be so good,” ESPN’s Tom Luginbill told the Omaha World-Herald’s Sam McKewon. “I’ve been in that environment down there where I’ve seen kids call their mom and say ‘Come pick me up, I’m not ready for this.’ And I’ve also seen kids rise to the occasion and it’s not too big for them. And now you know, off the bat, ‘This guy’s got something special,’ and he was one of those kids.”
Maurice Washington comes from one of America’s best states for recruits
Washington is from Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, Texas. 247Sports composite rankings have him as the No. 26 recruit in the state. That would be a bad sign in most states, but in Texas, one of the country’s three best states at producting college football recruits, 26 is a good place to be.
The more recruiting services saw Maurice Washington, the more they liked him
Washington got a bump in the final 247Sports composite rankings, which moved him from a 3-star to a 4-star recruit. That incrase in recognition jives with more comments from Luginbill, who said the Under Armour game decided to take a chance on him:
“We took him in the Under Armour game kind of just to give him a shot to see what he could do.”
Coming into National Signing Day, Washington was “sure” in his decision
He just hadn’t revealed it yet.
It’s been a whirlwind month for Washington, who broke out in a big way at the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 4. That led to interest from programs across the country. However, Arizona State and Nebraska emerged as his favorites and the only schools he ended up visiting, after Ohio State stopped recruiting him.
“[It’s] hard to say,” Riley said. “He loves both head coaches and both campuses. Maurice isn’t giving us any hints.”
Did he seem confident in his choice?
“Very,” Riley said.
That bodes well for Nebraska. The Huskers can carry the momentum from the weekend visit into Signing Day. Washington’s 247Sports Crystal Ball currently has an 88 percent of the predictions in favor of Nebraska.