Posted at 8:00am — 2/6/2015

GBMWolverine Message Board Readers: Here is a overview of University of Michigan recent commitment Keith Washington.

Keith Washington shocked a lot of people when his family had a Michigan banner underneath the Cal banner that he was committed too. Keith made the tenth commit at that time to sign with Michigan with several other surprises that followed. Washington was a Cal commit so you know grades aren’t an issue along with having offers from schools like Duke, Northwestern, and Rice.

Keith never visited Michigan, but both parties are taking a leap and hoping it works out for the best which could mean a boom or bust type of situation. If he doesn’t work out on the defensive side of the ball he could be used as a wildcat, running back, or slot receiver. Washington will officially enroll this summer most likely as soon as he graduates high school and start taking summer classes and taking part of summer work-outs preparing himself before fall camp starts.

Keith Washington
Height: 6’2
Weight: 175
Number: 2
Current Position: Quarterback
Future Position: Defensive Back
City/State: Prattville, Alabama
High School: Prattville
Head Coach: Chad Anderson
Recruiter: D.J. Durkin
Committed: 2/4/2015
Top 5 other Offers: Cal, Duke, Louisville, Miami (FL), Missouri.
Visited: Cal (10/17/2014), North Carolina (12/5/2014), Indiana (1/16/2015), Louisville (1/23/2015).
Class: 2015 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Signed).

Follow Keith Washington: on Twitter

Rankings:

24/7:
ESPN:
Rivals:
Scout:

Note: Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.

Criteria: Raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.

GBMWolverine Rankings:




10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.
7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.

6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.

We have him at 7 1/2 - 8 footballs.

Side Note: Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.

Overview:


Keith Washington is a super athlete with skills to help on either side of the ball. He will more than likely start on defense where he could play either safety or corner. But he was as a duel threat quarterback in high school where he rushed for 1200 yards and threw for another 1700, accounted for 37 touchdowns.

Strengths:


Keith moves fluidly and is silky smooth. He has good length and has long arms. Film shows not only good speed, but also excellent quick feet and overall quickness. He changes levels well and has good burst and closing speed. Highlights show decent wrap up tackling.

Concerns/Needs Work:

Keith obviously needs to add weight and get stronger. He must get better at using his hands and shedding blocks. He has played mostly offense, so a lack of experience will also be a factor. He is far from a project but is in need of solid coaching.

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine believes he will likely red-shirt his first year.

Keith Washington reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan/West Virginia Football Player — Ryan Mundy — who started out at cornerback and then played safety in college.

2015 Michigan Wolverine Football Recruiting Class:

Michigan received fourteen players on signing day with Brian Cole (WR), Alex Malzone (QB), Andrew David (K), Tyree Kinnel (DB), Grant Newsome (OL), and Jon Runyan Jr. (OL), Zach Gentry (QB), Reuben Jones (DE), Nolan Ulizio (OL), Karan Higdon (RB), Keith Washington (DB), Tyrone Wheatley Jr. (TE), Shelton Johnson (DE), and Grant Perry (WR).

Final Thoughts:

We welcome Keith Washington to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

Written by GBMWolverine Message Board Staff — CoachBT, Doc4Blu, and ErocWolverine

Go Blue — Wear Maize!