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Miami Hurricanes 2020 Recruiting Notebook: OL Chris Washington

A pure tackle prospect, Washington bolsters Miami’s developing Offensive Line for the future.

State of the U Illustration by Mike Meredith

In this installment of The Recruit Notebook, we meet a lineman who has the height and length to be a good player here a bit down the line: OT Chris Washington.

Bio

Miami needs linemen. And, more specifically, Miami needs Tackles. And that’s exactly what Miami is adding to the roster in Nashville (TN) Overton 3-star OT Chris Washington.

Being from Nashville and attending a HS that’s far from a powerhouse program, Washington was a bit of an unknown heading into the summer before his senior year. But, he attended several recruiting camps and showed potential and caught the eyes of some P5 coaches.

The turning point for both Washington and Miami was when the 6’7” 275lb Tackle made his way to Coral Gables to attend Paradise Camp 2019. At that event, he worked out for Miami’s coaches, and through that workout earned a scholarship offer. Washington committed to the Canes on the spot, and that was pretty much that for his recruitment.

Recruiting Ranking

On the 247sports composite, Washington is a 3-star prospect, the #93 OT nationally in this class, #3 in the State of Tennessee, and #1165 recruit overall.

Washington committed to Miami over heavy interest from Ole Miss and others from his list of 14 scholarship offers.

As a player

Washington brings prototypical height and length to the OT position. At 6’7” with long arms, he’s exactly what you want at that position.

At this point of his development, Washington is a bit light at 274lbs. OL Coach Butch Barry favors bringing in athletic prospects who may be a bit light, with the goal being to add weight to their frames and develop their physiques through the Canes S&C program. Washington clearly fits that bill perfectly.

Washington seems more comfortable in run blocking than pass protection at this time. He’s still raw, and is being brought in as a developmental prospect, so there’s much for him to improve upon.

Strengths

  • Height
  • Length
  • Athletic potential

Weaknesses

  • Physical development
  • Brute strength
  • Technique

2020 Outlook

Washington has some traits that lend themselves well for success at the Tackle position. That success, however, will come 2, maybe 3, years down the line.

Chances for a Redshirt: 10/10

Absent a rash of injuries, I don’t see any way Washington plays meaningful snaps this year. His ideal development path is that of former Canes OL Danny Isidora, who took until his 3rd year on campus to crack the rotation, but ended up as a 2nd team All-ACC pick as a RS senior.


That’s it for this installment of the Recruiting Notebook.

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