Junior to Watch: Bobby Washington
School: Miami (Fla.) Killian High School
Position: Running Back
Size and speed: Washington is 6-feet tall, weighs 200 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds.
Statistics: A three-year starter, he’s eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and scored 15 or more touchdowns in each season.
Honors: Was a second-team selection on the Class 6A all-state team and has been named to the All-Dade County team three times.
Favorite Schools: Miami, Florida, Florida State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Tennessee, Georgia.
Skinny: Miami Killian coach Billy Rolle has the unique perspective of seeing his star player from both sidelines.
Rolle coached against Bobby Washington for two years while he was at Northwestern, but now is glad to have the standout running back in his camp.
“It’s a lot more fun that way, let me tell you,” he said. “Bobby is just a tremendous runner. He’s been one of the best in our area for three years now. He made the All-Dade team three years in a row. You don’t find too many guys who do that. You’ve got to be pretty special, and he is.”
Washington has rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns in each season at Killian. As a junior, he rambled for 1,556 yards on 232 carries, averaging 6.7 yards per attempt.
“The best thing about him is he’s a very hard, brute-strength runner,” 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.”
That kind of performance has drawn offers from Miami, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky and Pittsburgh, according to Rolle. Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Nebraska and Texas A&M are also among a host of other programs showing interest.
“I think Miami is definitely a leader for him,” Rolle said. “He likes them a lot, always has. He knows a bunch of their guys from out in the community, and he obviously likes the kind of success they’ve had. But at the same time, he’s not the type of kid who would be afraid to venture out and try something new. I wouldn’t be real surprised if he went out of state to play.”
Washington is expected to attend the Nike camp at Miami this spring. His summer camp plans have yet to be finalized.