Florida State continues their overhaul of the offensive line with the signing of three-star West Florida Tech offensive tackle Darius Washington.
The Seminoles have emphasized offensive line recruiting, but offered Washington late in this cycle. The timing of the offer didn’t seem to matter to the Pensacola native, who decommitted from Mississippi State on February 3rd, making it a battle between Florida State and Miami to land his signature.
Offensive line coach Greg Frey took the lead in Washington’s recruitment, with the assist coming from linebackers coach Raymond Woodie. The pair did well to get him on campus for his last official visit and, ultimately, fend off a late push from Miami.
Washington is listed as the 501st best prospect nationally and the 38th overall tackle in the 2019 class based on the 247Sports Composite.
Watching his tape, Washington has good feet and finishes well. He is athletic and capable of dominating defenders. At one point, he pulls and drives an opposing linebacker close to 15-yards down the field. That and a number of pancake blocks in his highlights should get Florida State fans excited, especially considering the offensive line play they witnessed last year. The only drawback is the level of competition Washington has faced. He has dominated lesser opponents, but it could be difficult to transition to a division one level. With that said, he is a definite upgrade to this line.
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