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Buckeyes land standout recruit Washington

After a rough weekend on the field, Ohio State received some great news Tuesday as defensive end Adolphus Washington verbally committed to the school.

Washington is an ESPNU 150 selection and rated as the nation's 75th best player by ESPN Recruiting. He's the second-highest rated player on the ESPN Recruiting board to pledge to a Big Ten school, behind Michigan commit Terry Richardson (No. 67 overall).

The uncertainty at Ohio State has impacted recruiting, but Washington's commitment is a big one. Ohio State needs to keep as many top in-state players at home, and Washington, a Cincinnati native, is the state's second-best recruit, according to ESPN Recruiting.

Washington said at a news conference today that he believes he'll be playing for Urban Meyer, not Luke Fickell, at Ohio State. The 6-foot-4, 251-pound Washington could make an immediate impact on Ohio State's defensive line, which boasts some promising young players but needs depth, especially if John Simon turns pro early.

Ohio State hoped to go 2-for-2 at Cincinnati's Taft High School on Tuesday, but Washington's teammate, wide receiver Dwayne Stanford, picked Oregon ahead of Ohio State.