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Al Washington gets hired, recruits react
As we wrote on Monday night, there were a lot of rumors swirling that Al Washington, one of the country’s best young recruiters, was going to be following in the footsteps of new Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Mattison and taking a job with the program.
Those rumors came to fruition on Tuesday morning when Washington was announced by Ohio State as the team’s new linebackers coach. There’s also reportedly a chance that Washington could take on the title of recruiting coordinator for the Buckeyes — befitting the reputation of a guy who proved to be one of Michigan’s best recruiters. Ryan Day spoke glowingly of Washington in a school release announcing the hire.
“Al Washington is going to be a terrific addition to our coaching staff,” Day said. “I’ve known him as a player and as a coach and I know his family very well. I think his familiarity with this region as a coach and as a recruiter is going to be very impactful, as will his leadership with our linebackers unit.”
Day was a graduate assistant on the Boston College staff when Washington played for the Eagles, and he was the school’s offensive coordinator during Washington’s stint as running backs coach. So the two are very familiar. Washington is also very familiar with Ohio and Ohio State. His father played for Woody Hayes, and before playing at Boston College, Washington suited up for Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus.
In the last two seasons, Washington helped Cincinnati and Michigan score recruiting victories inside of Ohio. According to Ohio State signee Cade Stover, who will now play for Washington after Billy Davis officially announced he wouldn’t return to the Buckeyes, Washington was an effortless recruiter.
“He was just an overall good guy,” Stover said. “I liked him a lot when he recruited me. He had me thinking about going to Michigan a little bit.”
Jack Sawyer, a 5-star defensive end in the Class of 2021, is one of a handful of Columbus-area stars that Washington has been working on for the Wolverines.
“Coach Washington was the first coach to ever recruit back when he was at Cincinnati,” Sawyer told Lettermen Row. “It is very, very exciting to see all of those defensive-minded guys together.”
There will be a lot more reaction to come, but the instant analysis when it comes to Washington is simple: This is good news for the Buckeyes.