Winter Park (Fla.) outside linebacker James Washington named a top three earlier in June but said a decision wasn't likely to come soon. Plans have changed and the Central Florida prospect has pledged his services to one of those aforementioned favorites.
"I committed to Syracuse this morning," Washington said. "I felt like it was the best school for me. I am planning to go to see the campus here soon or in September. I've always liked the Orange. I just felt like it was a good program for me. It was just a gut feeling."
Washington informed a member of Doug Marrone's staff this morning.
"I told Coach (Greg) Adkins," Washington said. "He was really glad to have me on board."
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound defender said that he likes the way the Orange plays defense and how they intend to use him in their scheme.
"They like to get after the ball," Washington said. "They are going to use me as a defensive end but on third down they switch to 3-4 and they would stand me up in those situations."
According to Washington, he chose Syracuse over Florida International, Iowa State, and Michigan State. He said that despite his commitment he will continue with the recruiting process into his senior season.
"I think I will look into other schools still," Washington said. "For right now I really like Syracuse. It may just end up being them the whole time."
Washington reports that he had 15 sacks as a junior.