November 22, 2011

Coach: Bucks getting top notch player

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The commitment of four-star defensive end Adolphus Washington on Tuesday morning was big news for Ohio State fans. The commitment of one of the top defensive ends in the nation not only gives the Ohio State program some much needed momentum but it also comes from an area in Ohio that has not always historically been easy for the Buckeyes to recruit. Washington's head football coach Mike Martin weighed on his star player's announcement.

"It's a huge moment (for Ohio State)," Martin said. "Now I think they know that they can come down here and actually pluck one of these guys. The other key to that is that they have to be top notch players because Ohio State gets the cream of the crop."

Martin credited Ohio State recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach John Peterson as a major factor in landing Washington's pledge.

"John Peterson (was the lead recruiter)," he said. "He's a very upfront guy. He and I built a good relationship and I got to know him very well. He's very sincere and one thing I told him was take care of my guys. All of these guys are like my kids so it's like me sending my son away."

The timing of Washington's decision may have come as a surprise to some given that Ohio State is likely just two weeks away from a verdict from the NCAA and a potential coaching change but Martin says that Washington just looked at the positives of being a part of Ohio State's tradition.

"Ohio State is an institution that has a long tradition," he said. "I think these guys knew all along that they weren't going to go to Ohio State for the coach, they were going there for the tradition. You go there to be a part of tradition. It doesn't matter who you bring in because those fans and the community are going to love Ohio State regardless."

With the commitment, Martin says that Ohio State has added a big-time pass rusher to the fold as he assessed what the athletic edge rusher does best on the field.

"His quickness, he explodes off the ball," Martin explained. "Also his relentlessness, he will find a way to get to the ball carrier or get to the quarterback. The last two years I think he's had almost 40 sacks so anybody that's look for a sack guy, they had to get him. That is why he was one of the most highly recruited players in the country."

Washington is the No. 1 ranked player in Ohio in the rankings.


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