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2025 Four-Star WR Jacob Washington Commits to Michigan

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Jacob Washington, a standout four-star wide receiver from New Orleans Archbishop Shaw, has announced his commitment to the University of Michigan. Washington will join his high school teammate, running back Jasper Parker, in the maize and blue.

Who Is Jacob Washington?

Washington chose the Wolverines over offers from top programs such as Georgia Tech, Missouri and Baylor. Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing 180 pounds, Washington is ranked as the No. 329 overall prospect and the No. 68 wide receiver in the 2025 class according to various recruiting services. On3 Sports and 247Sports have him listed as a three-star whereas ESPN and Rivals rate him as a four-star recruit. In addition to his football prowess, Washington is also a track star, showcasing his speed and agility, which undoubtedly contributed to his appeal as a football recruit. As a sophomore, Washington posted impressive times in the 100-meter (11.53) and 200-meter (23.44) events as he also runs a 4.45 40-yard dash.

What Is the Impact for Michigan?

Washington’s commitment brings Michigan's total to 12 recruits for the 2025 class, a group now ranked No. 15 nationally and No. 5 in the Big Ten Conference according to 247Sports. He is the first wide receiver in this recruiting class, adding depth and talent to the position. Michigan's recruiting momentum, particularly under the guidance of coach Sherrone Moore, has been impressive, with six commitments secured in June alone thus far. Washington’s relationship with wide receivers coach Ron Bellamy, a fellow New Orleans native, played a significant role in his decision, highlighting the importance of strong recruiter-recruit connections in the process.

How Quickly Can Washington Contribute?

Evaluating Michigan’s current roster and their activity in the transfer portal provides insight into how quickly Washington might contribute. The current depth chart, found on Ourlads, shows a competitive but open landscape for a player of Washington’s caliber. With a few senior wide receivers likely graduating and some movement in the transfer portal, there will be opportunities for Washington to compete for playing time. Given his size, speed, and the versatility he brings, it’s plausible he could see the field early, possibly as a slot receiver initially before potentially moving to an outside role as he develops.

Scouting Washington

Washington is noted for his impressive combination of size and speed. He brings a height advantage that will be beneficial in red-zone situations, allowing him to compete for jump balls and create mismatches against smaller defensive backs. His speed, honed through his track experience, makes him a threat in the vertical passing game, capable of stretching defenses and creating separation. His route-running ability, agility, nd acceleration add to his profile as a dynamic receiver. However, like many high school prospects, he will need to refine his technical skills and adapt to the higher level of competition in college football. Washington’s ability to run precise routes and his physical attributes suggest he has the potential to become a key player for Michigan’s offense.

Overall, Washington is a significant addition to the Wolverines’ 2025 recruiting class. His combination of size, speed and athleticism, along with the strong relationship he has built with the coaching staff, bodes well for his future in Ann Arbor. As he develops, Washington has the potential to become a standout receiver for Michigan, adding a new dimension to their offensive strategy.


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