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Dotting the ‘Eyes: Walter Rouse still in touch with Ohio State, Devell Washington eager for visit

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Ohio State has made Walter Rouse a top target in 2019. (Walter Rouse/Twitter)

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Dotting the ‘Eyes: Walter Rouse still in touch with Ohio State, Devell Washington eager for visit

Devell Washington ready for next trip to Ohio State

One player that has been eager to get back to Ohio State and hasn’t been shy about saying so is Bay City (Mich.) Central 2020 wide receiver Devell Washington. The 3-star prospect has been on campus twice this summer, earning an offer from the Buckeyes following his performance at Friday Night Lights in late June.

He returned in late July to meet with interim Ohio State wide receivers Brian Hartline, who left a real impression on the 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior.

“Brian Hartline was amazing. He broke down my film from Friday Night Lights withe me and he gave me a lot of tips,” Washington told Lettermen Row on Aug. 2. “I would love to play for him and learn about the wide receiver position from a guy that played in the NFL.”

Now, Michigan’s No. 12-ranked player in the Class of 2020 is set to return to Ohio State once more, making a visit on Sept. 1 for the season opener against Oregon State.

“My family is coming with me,” Washington told Lettermen Row. “I can’t wait. It’s a big visit for them.”

Washington was last in contact with Ohio State on Wednesday night as the news of Urban Meyer’s suspension fell.

“Coach Hartline and [defensive back coach Taver] Johnson were very happy to hear from me,” he said. “They also said they can’t wait to see me on campus. I’m excited that Coach Meyer is back. I can’t wait to be able to sit down and talk to him after his suspension.”

Washington is a prime candidate to be the first receiver to commit to Hartline, if you ask me.

Can Ohio State get Wandale Robinson official visit set?

With Meyer’s return, Ohio State should be able to feel confident as they try to lock up an official visit from Frankfort (Ky.) Western Hills 4-star prospect Wandale Robinson.

Robinson told Lettermen Row two weeks ago that he was still considering the Buckeyes, but he added a fairly important asterisk to the conversation.

“If Urban Meyer stays as the head coach, I’ll still consider them heavily,” he said. “Coach Hartline as the receivers coach helped a lot.”

With Meyer back in the mix, at least eventually, it will be important for Hartline and the Ohio State staff to lock in a visit from Robinson within the next two weeks — particularly as he’s emerged as a key target. His official visit schedule is locked and loaded with the exception of one opening on Sept. 8, and he wants to make his college decision at the end of September or beginning of October.

Time is running out for Ohio State in this battle, and if they want to surpass Michigan, Alabama and others for Robinson’s services, they’ll likely need to do it by hosting him on a weekend when Meyer won’t be present.

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Birm

Birm is Lettermen Row's Director of Recruiting and the site's primary Ohio State sports photographer. A Toledo, Ohio native, Jeremy has been in similar roles for elevenwarriors.com and Landof10.com and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.