Washington tweeted out a Top 5 on Tuesday morning. While the tweet is incomplete (you’ll see what I mean), he implies the top 3 released on Instagram Monday night was inaccurate.
5-star Darnell Washington names a Top 5, implies the Top 3 on IG from last night was erroneous https://t.co/rFwDSQxKXf— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) August 27, 2019
Either way, Miami is still on the list. So, that’s a good thing.
It wasn’t a perfect weekend for the Miami Hurricanes, but they did receive some great news on Monday evening. Five-star tight end Darnell Washington (Desert Pines High School, Las Vegas) put UM on his top 3 list, announcing it on his Instagram. The other programs are the Georgia Bulldogs and Tennessee Volunteers.
Miami makes top 3 for tight end Darnell Washington #TEU https://t.co/hOlE66boSd— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) August 27, 2019
247Sports has Washington listed as the number two ranked athlete in the entire country and 20th overall prospect for the 2020 class, and if you’ve seen clips of him, you’ll know why. Standing at 6-foot-7 and weighing 260 pounds, Washington can run like a deer and is nearly impossible to cover.
5-star TE Darnell Washington named a Top 3 late Monday. Miami made the cut. Alabama – who led on the @247CrystalBall earlier in the day – didn’t. https://t.co/Vu6TXwI9Tq pic.twitter.com/WW9mNfmYcJ— Andrew Ivins (@Andrew_Ivins) August 27, 2019
He’s unofficially visited Miami twice already, once in April and then again in June when he attended Paradise Camp, where he put on a show. While there, he connected with Miami commit, 2020 quarterback Tyler Van Dyke.
Tyler Van Dyke to Darnell Washington. pic.twitter.com/uWUxHIjXGp— Andrew Ivins (@Andrew_Ivins) June 23, 2019
Here’s #Canes 2020 QB commitment @Tyler_Van_Dyke throwing a dart to the No. 1 tight end in the country in Darnell Washington. pic.twitter.com/o9PQCMVBku— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) June 23, 2019
Washington has noted that he’s aware and impressed with the tight ends that Miami has been able to produce over the years.
“That’s TEU (tight end university). Everyone talks about using the tight end but with Miami, you can see it and they’re tradition at the position is really strong,” Washington told 247Sports back in July.
Most recently, the Hurricanes have sophomore Brevin Jordan, also out of Las Vegas, who put on a show against the Florida Gators on Saturday, snagging five receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown.
Bishop Gorman Gael @Brevinjordan with the touchdown for Miami!!! pic.twitter.com/fJoc48308m— BG Football (@BishopGormanFB) August 25, 2019
They also have Will Mallory who’s expected to take a big step this year. Washington realizes that UM is known for developing tight ends, and will continue to do so with Dan Enos running the offense.
Darnell isn’t expected to make an announcement until January at the Under Armour All-American Game.