When all is said and done, Maurice Washington may end up being the most important signing of Nebraska’s 2018 class, regardless of the position he plays at the next level.
Maurice Washington arrived last December at the Under Armour All-America game as an under-recruited and under-valued running back by recruiting services. Viewed as an academic risk many schools weren’t willing to take the chance of signing the 6’1 190lb running back.
Racking up over 150 all-purpose yards and 3 touchdowns quickly showed his ability as Washington dominated some of the best talents in the country that night. After the breakout performance, he was quickly bumped to a four-star recruit and saw his recruitment begin to garner the attention it deserved.
Nebraska and Scott Frost didn’t balk at the risk. Instead, they did their due diligence in reviewing his transcripts which would turn out to be one of the most important developments in his recruitment.
Washington’s offer list is nothing but impressive – including the likes of Clemson, Ole Miss, Washington State, an Ohio school, LSU, USC, Washington, ASU, Tennessee, Missouri, and obviously Nebraska. Not only did he choose the Huskers, he chose the opportunity to play offense, as many of the schools that extended an offer expressed their interest in him playing DB instead of RB.
“Everybody talks about the game. It’s not the game, it’s the week. And that’s where he really started to turn heads. You could tell he’s a special, play-right-away type of guy.” ESPN’s Tom Luginbill told the OWH.
Tom Lemming, CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst and longtime recruiting beat writer added in, “He’s an explosive athlete, and he was explosive on the biggest stage for a high school player, which tells you a lot. You’re an impact ballplayer. It’d be a terrific catch for them on Wednesday if they can get him.”
A big part of that has to do with one of his coaches at Trinity Christian, Deion Sanders, who had high praise for Nebraska’s newest commit.
“He’s everything – he’s everything you want. Offensively, he’d be up for the Heisman in a couple years. Defensively, he could go pro at corner or safety. You got to think about that,” said UA All-America coach Deion Sanders.
Only time will tell if Maurice ends up being the next Nebraska Heisman winner, but one thing is for certain – the ability is there. One glance at his highlight reel and it’s plain to see what coaches have been raving about since he burst onto the national scene.
Washington’s highlights courtesy of Under The Radar Sports Media