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Washington the Next Jimmy Graham?

February 17, 2015

Washington Miami Football 2015

Jerome Washington ’12 steps onto the field at the University of Miami today for his first practice. He may be at the starting point of his journey, but one national recruiting analyst thinks he could be cut from the same cloth as Jimmy Graham, the three-time NFL Pro Bowler. The following was written by Josh Baumgard for CBS Miami.

Most national recruiting outlets regard the Miami Hurricanes’ 2015 class as one of the nation’s finest but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few potential gems among the group. This includes Jerome Washington, regarded as the top ranked JUCO tight end in the nation out of Mercer Community College (NJ).

“Jerome Washington has a chance to be a Jimmy Graham type tight end,” Rivals national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell told the Miami Herald. “One of those guys nobody knew about and turns into a star.”

Washington comes in with a behemoth 6-foot-5, 255-pound frame, four years of eligibility remaining, and might have a legitimate chance to make an impact early on in his college career. All-ACC tight end Clive Walford is headed to the NFL and rising junior Standish Dobard is the remaining tight end with significant experience on the roster. Brad Kaaya and the Miami offense also lose explosive playmakers Duke Johnson and Phillip Dorsett to the next level. Targets will be up for grabs.

Washington also comes in with a significant advantage over most of the 2015 class, having enrolled in school in January. His biggest challenge could be adapting to the high-level competition of major college football after playing for a club team in New Jersey last year.

Asking whether Jerome Washington is the next Jimmy Graham — one of the top tight ends in today’s NFL — might be wildly premature, but Miami fans can hope.



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