As one of the top young coaches in college football, Al Washington is on the move again after spending the 2017 season at the University of Cincinnati and this past season at Michigan.
Washington, who grew up in Columbus and attended Bishop Watterson High School (Class of 2002), was born with scarlet and gray in his blood as his father played for Buckeyes legendary coach Woody Hayes (1977-1980).
This week, Washington was hired by new Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day and will return to his hometown and get his chance to leave his mark on the Buckeyes program.
Washington played at Boston College before starting his coaching career and has quickly climbed the ladder with stops at North Carolina State, Slippery Rock, Elon, Boston College, Cincinnati, and Michigan.
Having had the chance to watch Washington work during his year with the Bearcats, we feel he’ll prove to be a major addition to the Buckeyes coaching staff as he’s coached on both sides of the ball as well as being a special teams coordinator.
Since the 2016 season, Washington has worked on the defensive side of the ball as a defensive line coach in 2016 and 2017 before moving to linebacker this past season with the Wolverines.
However, recruiting is where we feel Washington will make his biggest impact as he’s proven the ability to evaluate talent and bonding with that talent once he starts to recruit the prospect. Look for Washington to make a mark in Southwest Ohio.
This past season many felt the Buckeyes underachieved at the linebacker spot and Washington will be expected to make a quick improvement with the group. But fans should keep an eye on the job Washington does on the recruiting front.