Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Top S.C. prospect picks Michigan

Quinton Washington has chosen Michigan over South Carolina.

Washington, a heavily recruited offensive lineman from Saint Stephen (S.C.) Timberland High, announced his commitment this afternoon, the day before National Signing Day. He had also considered Tennessee and Miami before reducing his candidates to the Wolverines and Gamecocks.

"His biggest thing was that he just felt like Michigan was the best place for him, he just felt most comfortable there," said Timberland coach Art Craig a few minutes ago. "They plan to use him at offensive guard and he expects to be able to come in and play early."

Washington, who is 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds, was an Observer S.C .Top 25 prospect. He has considerable athleticism, and can dunk a basketball. He also played in the Under Armour All-American Bowl.

"He's physically just so strong and quick at the same time," Craig said. "He's got good hip flexibility and moves well. And whatever you tell him, he absorbs it. He applies himself and he gets it the first time around."

Washington is Rivals.com's No.8-rated guard, and a four-star player.

-- Stan Olson