The Miami Hurricanes received a big-time verbal commitment this week from one of the top players in the country according to sources. Or did they?
"I've always been a huge Miami fan, so when I got the offer in writing, I was excited," said Miami (Fla.) Killian running back Bobby Washington. "I spoke to coach Coker just a couple of days after I got my letter in the mail. He told me I was one of the top running backs they've seen on film over the last few years and were excited about me. I didn't commit though, it's just a verbal thing. We spoke and exchanged ideas, but I'm still looking at Ohio State and Michigan."
Washington, who rushed for 1,350 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior, also has offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee and others. He has been talked about as one of the Sunshine State's top backs for two years now.
"Miami has been recruiting me for a long time because I'm right here," he said. "They are still my leader by far, but I don't really want to say it's a commitment. I will take other visits. Miami is the place I like the best, but to say it's a commitment might be too much."
Washington is a 6-foot-0, 200-pounder who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds. He has been compared to many running backs, but his physical style has drawn the most comparisons to Eddie George.
“The best thing about him is he’s a very hard, brute-strength runner,” Killian head coach Billy Rolle said. “He’s got all that speed to outrun people, but he doesn’t mind the contact at all. He’ll run strong between the tackles.”