Commentary

Adolphus Washington shines

Originally Published: January 2, 2011
By Chris Pool | ESPN Recruiting

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Remember this name: Adolphus Washington. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder from Cincinnati Taft, who was one of the dominating performers at the Under Armour combine, is certainly known by college coaches.

As a junior, Washington had 119 tackles and 17 sacks. What's even more scary is that he's also a very good basketball player who dominates the boards and many college scouts say he reminds them of Julius Peppers.

"That's a great comparison," Washington said. "It's flattering but I've also heard [Pittsburgh Steelers LB] James Harrison comparisons because I could play linebacker or defensive end."

Washington has so many scholarship offers that he couldn't name them all when asked, but he did say that he grew up a fan of Ohio State and the Buckeyes have offered.

"My dad and I grew up fans of Ohio State," Washington said. "I think my dad would like me to go to Ohio State but right now I feel like I need to get away and do something different.

"I also grew up a fan of Kentucky. West Virginia, Michigan State, Purdue, Alabama, Pittsburgh, Florida State and others have offered but it's just hard to remember them all. I've been around Ohio and Cincinnati my whole life. I'd like to get away and see something different."

For now, Washington will keep on trucking. Just like his nickname, he's a force.

"When I was growing up, I had a coach who told me I needed a nick-name." Washington said. "When I was playing football or basketball, I was stronger than everyone else so my coach started calling me 'Diesel' and it stuck. I like it."

And now, he just keeps trying to get better and the combine was a great start to his offseason.

"I really had a good time here," Washington said. "Great competition, great coaching and great weather."