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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Everett's Jakarrie Washington commits to Wisconsin

By Brendan Hall

Everett High senior wide receiver/defensive back Jakarrie Washington verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin this morning, he confirmed to ESPNBoston.com just now.

Everett's Jakarrie Washington
Everett cornerback Jakarrie Washington took the recruiting world by surprise Thursday with a verbal commitment to Wisconsin.
"[My emotions are] unexplainable," Washington said. "I am extremely happy, I don’t even know how to describe it. It's just unexplainable. I just can't wait to get down there and just be one of them."

The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder is one of the top Class of 2013 defensive back prospects in Massachusetts, but to say this is all coming suddenly is putting it lightly. Washington ran a sub-4.5 second 40-yard dash last summer at UMass' one-day camp at Gillette Stadium, but Washington says he has ran even faster times. Still, the interest was a wide cornucopia -- from Washington State to Texas Tech, UMass and many of the local Division 1 FCS schools -- but none had offered a scholarship to this point.

However, Everett's defensive line coach, 1985 Outland Trophy winner Mike Ruth, ran into several of Wisconsin's coaches at the Walter Camp Foundation Awards dinner earlier this month in New Haven, Conn. In need of some cornerbacks, Ruth tipped them off about Washington.

From there, Wisconsin defensive backs coach Bill Busch visited Washington this morning at the high school, and after a walk around the hallways, offered him a scholarship in the school's library. Washington accepted on the spot.

Washington will take an official visit to the Madison, Wisc. campus next weekend.

"I like what I heard, so I committed," Washington said. "It feels great, I just can't wait to go down and play now."

This past fall Washington was as dangerous on the ground as he was through the air, earning ESPN Boston All-State honors as the Crimson Tide captured their third straight MIAA Super Bowl championship. He caught 33 passes for 439 yards and nine touchdowns, and on the ground had 75 carries for 697 yards and 15 more scores. Defensively, he also recorded two picks and two fumble recoveries, one of which was returned for a touchdown.