Nebraska football and its fans will have to wait a bit to see 2018 running back recruit Maurice Washington in a red and white uniform.
Washington will not be able to accompany the rest of his class in joining the Cornhuskers later this month because of his academic standing, according to Sean Callahan of Husker Online.
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Washington, who originally was in school in Texas at Cedar Hill Trinity Christian Academy, is now in school in California. It was reported by Chris Heady and the Omaha World-Herald that Washington was expelled from Trinity Christian.
“He is back in school, in California,” a Nebraska football spokesperson told Callahan. “We have him working on a plan that gets him to graduation. Even if he graduates this summer, he is not going to graduate with enough core hours. The plan that we have him on currently is one that puts us in a position to make an application for a waiver for an academic redshirt.”
That will put Washington in position to join the team in the fall, but he will not be able to participate should he receive a waiver for a redshirt.
Washington is a 4-star running back recruit who is the No. 10 overall back in the nation and the No. 26 recruit in Texas.
UPDATE: Frost told 247Sports on Thursday that the program is committed to helping Washington and that the running back might “not necessarily” have to use an academic redshirt in 2018.
“He’s working hard and doing everything that he can,” Frost said. “When a kid is committed to us, we’re committed to them. And we’re not going to drop them if they get hurt, or if a better guy comes along. We let a guy commit to us, and that comes along with a guy that comes from us to them.”
Frost added: “We’re going to look at all options and see how far he can come along this spring. He’s probably going to have an opportunity to make up a little bit in the summer.”