Four-Star Running Back Robert Washington Enjoys Ohio State Visit

By Jordan Wagner on June 21, 2014 at 7:04p
Robert Washington

Huntersville (N.C.) junior-to-be running back Robert Washington made the trip to Ohio State's prospect camp on Saturday to watch his cousin, Aapri Washington, workout. 

Robert, fresh off a visit to Notre Dame, didn't workout out at today's camp but had an opportunity to speak with the coaches. In fact, Ohio State coaches spent most of the day talking to the four-star running back and his father. 

"I got to talk to coach Drayton and coach Meyer again," he said after his visit. "I got a chance to really get a feel for how coach Drayton coaches. I also got a chance to talk to one of the senior backs they have here."

Meyer, who called Washington over to chat during camp, sees the North Carolina prospect as the perfect fit for Ohio State's offense. 

"[Meyer] said he just loved my film. I love the way you can go you're quick, you're fast, you're big. You fit our offense."

Quick, big and fast are also three adjectives to describe Carlos Hyde. At 5-foot-10, 210 pounds with a 4.47 time in the 40-yard dash, the Buckeyes coaching staff sees the resemblance and made the comparison themselves. Washington welcomes the comparison and hopes he can live up to it. 

"When I visited the first time, they said I'd be at least 230-240 [pounds] like Carlos [Hyde] and I could tote the rock like Carlos."

Despite George Hill already being committed as a running back in 2016, the Buckeyes still hope to land another prospect of Washington's caliber. Urban Meyer is willing to wait for the four-star prospect.  

"No, he didn't try to pressure me," Washington said. "He told coach Drayton he really wants me at running back in 2016."

Right now, he maintains that he is wide open because he wants to give every school an opportunity to recruit him. A summer full of visits will allow him to soon narrow his school list down and the Buckeyes will almost surely make the list. 

"I'm coming out with a top 15 in August," the feature running back said. "Ohio State has a very strong chance at making it. I don't want to give anything away yet, but I really have a good relationship with coach Drayton and Meyer."

The Buckeyes are just one of over 30 teams to offer the nation's 16th ranked running back. North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Penn State, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA and Vanderbilt are just a few other programs that have already offered. Florida is another school that is expected to soon offer. Other than Florida, there aren't any offers that he is really looking to add, he said. 

While he didn't wanted to go into too much of depth regarding his top schools, he did take a moment to discuss a few recent visits and schools that are sticking out. 

"I went to Tennessee and they stood out. I went to North Carolina and they stood out a little bit. I went to Notre Dame four times and they stood out. Vanderbilt stood out too."

Washington already knows what he is looking for in a school. 

"It's really the people," he responded. "Every school has great facilities, a great campus and big stadiums. It's really the people who make the school the best fit for you. I love coach Drayton, Urban Meyer and the players. They're very fun to be around and they're very welcoming."

While it's still early, Washington really likes Ohio State. 

"It was great. It feels like a family environment for me," he stated. "It's a fun place to be."

Playing for a legend like Urban Meyer is something that interests the North Carolina star. He recalled his first encounter with the Buckeye head man. 

"The first time I met Urban Meyer, when I first came up here, he just popped into the office," he described. "My mouth dropped because it's Urban Meyer and he's one of the greatest coaches to ever live in college football."

Last night, I casted my crystal ball prediction of Ohio State for Robert Washington. I think the Buckeyes have a good shot at landing the four-star prospect as the second back in the recruiting class. A decision isn't expected until next summer. 


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HotSauceCommittee's picture

Seems like a good kid. He is docked 2 HotSauce cool points though for releasing a Top 15. Come on bro, a top 5 would suffice. 

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Gray Box's picture

Washington with Urban back in April on his last visit:

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Orlando Buckeye's picture
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weimerad's picture

So Jordan now that you've crystal balled Washington to OSU where/how do you think things will go with McCall, the other RB from Ohio who everyone believes is on commitment watch??

Jordan Wagner's picture

I have McCall has a slot/hybrid. Not a running back. Washington is an every down back. 

BuckeyeGrownFloridaLiving's picture

Washington, Hill, Scott, Harris (being hopeful here), we will be fine at RB the next 5 years!!

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DC-town's picture

Yep- stopped reading at top 15

'Piss excellence' -RB

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The Butler's picture

Looks and sounds like a good kid. Best of luck to him wherever he lands. Sounds as if he would be an asset to any team he chooses. 

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

Holy Tamole ... Washington is quite the man child, he's got some guns on him!  The next Carlos Hyde ... exactly what Buckeye Nation wants to hear for sure.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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swainpm's picture

C'mon guys, I can understand criticizing a kid for releasing a top 15 list, BUT it is the era these kids are growing up in. The press coverage these kids receive starts way too early. Hell, even the fact that we can read stories on this site interviewing "potential future Buckeyes" (who are currently sophomores/juniors to be in HS) is weird when you compare the coverage kids got just 10-15 years ago. As a result, the kids are just answering questions and speaking from the little experience they have thus far in the world. So my point is who cares if a kid mentions having a top 15? At the stage he is in it makes sense. Its not like he is continually referencing his top15 or top 10 on social media. Hell, he is not even doing this interview to release his top 15, or build himself up (as a primaD might). Nope, he is just answering questions as they are posed to him.

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RenegadeBuckeye's picture

I would also add, that this is the only decision regarding his football career that he, or any other recruit, has control of. They can't choose where they live to play h.s. ball...and if they go to the league, they can't choose what team they play for if they are drafted. It's a big decision...give these kids a break.

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Hayze's picture

Plus, it's a good way to let schools that have offered you know where they stand and to eliminate certain schools, especially when you have 30+ offers (or 60+ like Ricky DeBerry)

buckeyedude's picture

I just think it becomes a bragging point for many of the top recruits in the nation to be to say, "see all of the offers I got?" That's where we're at in CFB. This young man doesn't seem like a prima donna to me though.



MikeEagleBuckeye's picture

Seems like a great player with a great head on his shoulders.  Buckeye or not, he's one I'm gonna root for to succeed.

CGroverL's picture

Carlos Hyde was my favorite Buckeye since his signing. Coming out of high school, "El Guapo" was a Naples, Florida FULLBACK that had attributes of being a quick back for his 235 pound frame and had great hands to go with it. Both Florida and Ohio play top 5 football when it comes to high school, but I instantly thought of Hyde's quickness and thought of a 240 pound back that could run a 4.45 second 40 yard dash (his time in high school was 4.55) and how big of a weapon that could be. Never did I know the kid could be so, the weather in Naples seems to always be in the 90's with an occasional rain that not only does NOT cool it down, it makes it harder to breathe. Ohio State seemed like a perfect fit for Hyde as the heat in Naples is horrible. Hyde lived at the last interstate exit in Florida where you are forced to turn...or drive straight into the Everglades without a road to drive on.

Now...when Hyde ran "unofficial" 40 times before his sophomore season, just one player ran a faster 40 yard dash than Hyde on the entire team...that was Bradley Roby who ran a 4.19. Carlos Hyde's time at an "unofficial 242 pounds" was an unreal and "unofficial" 4.24 seconds. After Hyde ran that "unofficial" 4.24, because I love movies 2nd to college football, I nicknamed Carlos Hyde "El Guapo" officially.

If Washington can bring speed like that to the table, then we can start calling him the next Carlos Hyde. Hyde was a freak and we all seem to forget that. Hyde reached the line very quickly and then looked to punish secondaries because he had low end speed but couldn't outrun cornerbacks and safeties. It's not often that you have a 240 pound RB that has nimble feet, but that was Hyde's advantage as he wasn't your typical big back. If Washington is the next Carlos Hyde, let's all hope that the coaches give him the ball on 4th and short with the game on the line. Right?

"I hope they're last in everything". One of Meyer's comments when speaking of TTUN after being hired at Ohio State.



trigg03's picture

Obviously he wont be someone who commits early - he will get as much out of the process as possible. He does have the skillset to be a big time RB but he doesn't share Hyde's build. I believe Larry Scott is more suitable for the Hyde role. George Hill will be a slot guy. McCall has the burner speed @ 4.31/40 but Washington can be the power guy who can break it open as well. Things look very promising for 16'!!