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Washington an Impact Transfer for Rutgers

May 25, 2017
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Washington at a Rutgers practice

After graduating from Stony Brook in 2012, Jerome Washington found himself without the football scholarship offer he so desired. He decided to do a post-graduate year at The Gunnery in Connecticut in order to raise his stock for the next recruiting cycle. When no offer came the following year, he signed on with Gattaca New Jersey, an independent football program whose goal is to garner Division I attention for its players. During the season he also attended Mercer County Community College, all in the hopes of earning a scholarship. Those hopes were finally realized in 2014.

His Gattaca coach sent out a highlight video from Washington’s 2014 season to dozens of Division I football coaches. Almost instantly offers came pouring in from elite programs such as Nebraska, Washington, Rutgers, and Alabama. In November of 2014 he officially committed to the University of Miami, a school with a deep football tradition. After playing a reserve role during the 2015 season, Washington transferred back to his hometown school, Rutgers University.

This past fall he sat out the requisite year that Division I transfers must give up, quietly waiting for his time. Now, with two years of eligibility remaining, he is ready to make an impact on the Scarlet Knights this fall.

Yesterday Washington was included as one of six key Big Ten Football transfers by Tom Dienhart, a senior writer for BTN.com:

The 6-4, 253-pound Miami (Fla.) transfer is closer to home at RU. He saw a bit of action in Coral Gables before leaving. Washington was a four-star recruit coming out of high school and could be a weapon for an offense desperate for weapons.

The Scarlet Knights open the season at home vs. the University of Washington on Friday, Sept. 1.

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