Jacob Washington, Wolverine

Jacob Washington, Wolverine

June 25, 2024
Marrero (LA) Archbishop Shaw WR Jacob Washington (image via Crescent City Sports)

Marrero (LA) Archbishop Shaw wide receiver Jacob Washington committed to Michigan on Monday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Baylor, Georgia Tech, Miami, Missouri, Ole Miss, and Penn State, among others.

Washington is listed at 6’3″, 180 pounds. He claims an 11.53 in the 100 meters, a 23.44 in the 200 meters, and an 18.75′ long jump.

4-star, 81 grade, #24 WR, #203 overall
3-star, 89 grade, #54 WR
4-star, 5.8 grade, #68 WR
247 Sports:
3-star, 89 grade, #57 WR

Hit the jump for more on Washington’s commitment.

Washington was offered by Michigan in April 2024. Hailing from Archbishop Shaw – the alma mater of wide receivers coach Ronald Bellamy – the receiver joined running back teammate Jasper Parker in having an offer from the Wolverines. Both players are now committed to Michigan after Washington took officials to Baylor and Georgia Tech, then following it up with an official to Ann Arbor this past weekend.

Washington is a big-bodied receiver, which is something the Wolverines have lacked in recent recruiting classes. He shows at least glimpses of being able to high-point the ball, and he catches a back-pylon fade for a touchdown in his highlights. I also liked his ability to go down low and make some nice adjustments to catch balls near his shins, something that’s not easy for someone who’s 6’3″.

The route tree for Washington appears to be pretty rudimentary, and he doesn’t seem to be asked to do too much – fades, slants, hitches, digs, and outs. He also doesn’t seem to offer very much after the catch; there are some awkward stumbles at times after catching the ball on in-breaking routes, and sometimes it just seems he doesn’t fight very hard for extra yardage. There’s only one clip of his downfield blocking, and even that shows a guy just running interference rather than really trying to physically dominate his man.

Overall, Washington is the big-bodied, long-striding receiver that is lacking from the current roster, so he’s a potential piece of the puzzle. But he’s not physically dominant at this point and needs to keep adding weight to a very lanky frame. I’m reminded of 2017 recruit Tarik Black, who spent a few seasons at Michigan before transferring to play a year at Texas. Over four years in college, he made a total of 50 catches for 757 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Washington is the first receiver in the 2025 class, and he joins teammate Parker as the Louisiana natives in the class. The last Louisiana product to sign with Michigan was wide receiver Amorion Walker in 2022.

TTB Rating: 72

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