Four-star defensive end commitment Devin Washington has been firmly to South Carolina since giving his pledge in May, but prior to last weekend the 6-foot-3.5, 225 pound prospect hadn't had a chance to get to a Carolina game yet this season due to his schedule.
Devin Washington has used his time since committed to South Carolina to recruit other prospects to the school.
He picked a good game to change that when he took in the Gamecocks' 35-7 victory over Georgia with his parents.
"Coming into this game," Washington said, "it was my first time going to a real Carolina game. I knew it was going to be big, but once I walked into that stadium, and pre-game it was just insane. I didn't know that the fans were that crazy.
"I've been to Florida, Florida State, and places like that, but this was something else. And then when they started waiving the towels and playing 2001 and Sandstorm, it was crazy. I kept smiling and I haven't stopped smiling."
Washington has been one of the Gamecocks' biggest supporters since committing often taking to his Twitter account to point out the positives of the South Carolina program. But even he was a little surprised the Gamecocks were able to dominate the way they did.
"Honestly, no, [I didn't expect it]. I came into the game, and I don't take any team for granted. Georgia was a good team," Washington said. "But once they came out and I saw 21 in the first quarter, I was like, 'Wow.' I have a lot of faith in South Carolina, but to put 21 on Georgia, a top-tier team, like that, I didn't think that was going to happen. Talking to them pre-game, the coaches, they felt really confident. And talking to them, they said they practiced well and it obviously showed."
Washington was especially impressed with a South Carolina defensive line that was in Georgia's offensive backfield all night long and seemed to wear down the Bulldogs' offensive line as the game progressed.
"With me playing d-line, it was easy for me to understand what was going on out there," Washington said. "It was good to watch that they were rotating guys out there, so for me coming in next year, I've got a lot of guys to learn from and a lot of guys to teach me how to go out there and do exactly what they're doing.
"They were wearing them down, and once you wear the offensive line down, that stops that run game and they couldn't pass the ball either. The defensive line played and intricate piece in that win, and I'm happy to say I'm going to be a part of that next year."
Devin Washington competes at The Opening in Oregon.
Like anyone else wearing garnet and black Saturday, Washington enjoyed watching All-American-candidate Jadeveon Clowney go to work. Clowney had four tackles and a sack against the Bulldogs.
"He's a freak of nature," Washington said. "I talked to him in the locker room. He's not a man of many words. He doesn't say much, but when he's on that field, it's like the quarterback knows he's there, and as you could tell, they were cut-blocking the whole game. He knows how to play the game of football. I saw him break a double team from the tackle and the running back for a sack. He's one of those players that comes around every 10 years and you can't replicate."
Washington did his part to help the Gamecocks do some recruiting while on campus. He talked with defensive tackle targets Keith Bryant and Kelsey Griffin. Griffin committed to the Gamecocks a few days later.
"I don't bash the school that they're committed to or thinking about, but I told Keith Bryant that we had a scrimmage here at Carolina and we had 10,000 [people] at the scrimmage. I don't think that Miami had 10,000 at a scrimmage before like that. I told him I won't bash the school, but just come out here and check it out and see what it can offer. I know he's committed [to Miami], but just check it out and give it a chance.
"Kelsey on the other hand, to me, he seemed like after the game that he's really thinking Carolina now. I'm not going to try to force anybody to commit, and I only want players that want to be here, so i told them just to think about it and give it a chance."
Washington hopes to be back on campus for the Gamecocks' next home game when they take on Tennessee. He plans to take his official visit after the season is over.
Until then, Washington will be keeping a close eye on the Gamecocks as they face top-ten foes LSU and Florida the next two weekends.
"Being ranked high is good and all, but I think the guys on this team, they're going to still be fighting hard, they're never going to let up," Washington says. "LSU's a good team and Florida's a good team, but I think we're going to be able to hang with them like we did Georgia, so it should be a good one."
Washington is ranked the No. 14 weakside defensive end in the country, and rated a 90, by 247sports.com.
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