Running back signee Washington signals progress in quest to join Husker program this fall
As the countdown to Nebraska preseason football camp continues, a pair of highly touted Class of 2018 signees continue to move toward joining the program.
Neither running back Maurice Washington and wide receiver Dominick Watt have been officially cleared to join the program, but both appear to be making strides as the Huskers prepare to begin camp Friday morning.
The latest: Washington, a four-star running back, tweeted a photo early Wednesday morning of a conditional acceptance letter from UNL and captioned it, “First step.”
NU knew when Washington signed his National Letter of Intent during a nationally televised ceremony on National Signing Day in February that Washington had a checkered academic past. He played his senior season at Trinity Christian High in Cedar Hill, Texas, already the third high school of his career, but then was expelled near the end of the semester.
He has been in California since trying to make up lost ground and lost time.
Even with the acceptance letter, it is unclear if Washington will be eligible to play this fall. He could be a candidate for an academic redshirt, which means he would be enrolled at school this fall and would be a member of the team, but would not be eligible to participate in game action as a freshman.
Even if that turns out to be the case, the Huskers would love to have the 6-foot-1, 190-pound back under their roof and with their coaches and staff rather than at a junior college.
Watt, a 6-foot-2 receiver from Miramar High in Florida, is also awaiting final word on his status.
Frost las week at Big Ten football media days in Chicago said, “we’re still waiting right up until the end with but we’re very optimistic about those two. Hopefully they’ll be in our program. We think they’re both special players who can help us.”
A source with knowledge of the situation reiterated that optimism to the Journal Star this week and said that both continue to progress along their expected timelines.
Washington and Watt each face differing sets of circumstances, but clearly the beginning of camp and the impending start to the semester make the coming days and weeks critical.