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Mississippi State lands DE

10/20/2011

The Mississippi State Bulldogs picked up a commitment from one of the top defensive line prospects from the Peach State earlier today in Jordan Washington (Suwannee, Ga./North Gwinnett).

“Jordan committed to Bulldogs and to coach (Dan) Mullen at 10:30 this morning,” said Bob Sphire, coach at North Gwinnett. “They have kind of been front runner since he camped there this summer. Jordan always felt good about them, and I think he was good about the process playing out for him. He saw who stayed with him, and they did, and saw new teams like Ohio State come on him late. He and his mom went to the game this weekend, and I think that just reinforced what he was feeling. They came back and reflected for a few days and then decided to go ahead and commit.”

Washington, 6-foot-3 and 263 pounds, is a versatile defensive line prospect who can line up in the middle or on the edge.

“He has really trimmed down from about a year or two ago,” said Sphire. “Jordan is more athletic and more explosive. He can really change directions. I think he gives them great flexibility. He’s a big body they can beef up and move inside or keep him streamlined and keep him on the edge.”

Washington, a three-star recruit, is the nation’s No. 68 defensive tackle and the No. 87 recruit in the state of Georgia. He gives the Bulldogs 19 commitments now. Washington committed to Mississippi State over Ohio State.