For the second straight year Nebraska received good news from a recruit announcing a signing day decision on national television.
Maurice Washington, a four-star running back from the Dallas area, gave the Huskers his commitment Wednesday afternoon during a ceremony at his high school broadcasted by ESPN. Washington made his announcement about a year after another Dallas-area prospect, Damion Daniels, did the same.
The Huskers scored a victory this time over Arizona State to land Washington. Nebraska views Washington as a running back, while the Sun Devils had been recruiting him as a cornerback. His offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian School — NFL great Deion Sanders — had said in an interview with The World-Herald that Washington’s decision could come down to what position he wanted to play.
Washington will provide the Huskers with another weapon to use in Scott Frost’s new offense. He can play out of the backfield or line up in the slot. Washington accounted for 1,835 total yards and 25 touchdowns during his senior season. He was also MVP of the Under Armour All-America Game after rushing for three touchdowns against some of the best high school players in the country.
The Huskers will hope he can have that same kind of impact at Nebraska. Washington joins junior college running back Greg Bell in the 2018 class in addition to several other wide receivers and offensive weapons.
Washington’s performance at that Under Armour game boosted his stock with the recruiting services. He finished as a four-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite, and ranked as high as No. 93 nationally by ESPN.
Washington is the Huskers’ second 2018 recruit from Texas, following Mansfield safety Cam’ron Jones. The Huskers will sign multiple Texans for the second straight year after not signing one in 2016.
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