November 13, 2008

Washington commits

Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista running back Marcus Washington committed to Arizona State on Wednesday evening in a phone conversation with the school's tight ends coach Dan Cozzetto.

Washington informed of the commitment via text message on Thursday, and is expected to provide addition thoughts on the decision following his team's afternoon practice. Desert Vista is set to host Gilbert Highland in a Class 5A Division I first-round playoff game on Friday.

Arizona State has been the clear leader to land Washington's future services since at least mid-July. He reported at the time that he was considering making a commitment even prior to the start of his senior season.

It took several additional months, but the 6-foot, 195-pounder, ranked No. 12 in the Arizona Top-30, finally reached the conclusion he seemed to be headed toward all along.

ASU is recruiting Washington primarily as a running back, though he could also wind up at safety. As a junior he split time in the backfield with multiple players at Desert Vista, including Allante Battle, who is a freshman for the Sun Devils. In that season, Washington had 415 rushing yards in 53 carries (7.8 yards per carry) with four touchdowns.

As a senior, Washington has rushed for 219 yards on 58 carries with three touchdowns and he has caught two balls for 13 yards. Six players have carried the ball more than 25 times for the Thunder, a team that features an undersized offensive line that has at times had difficulty run blocking.

Defensive Washington has 10 tackles and one fumble recovery.

Arizona, UNLV and Utah had also reportedly offered Washington earlier in the recruiting process. More recently, he was primarily being recruited by just the Sun Devils among BCS level programs.

Washington is the No. 38 running back prospect in the country by He is the ninth recruit to commit to ASU in the 2009 class.

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