WVU Adds JUCO Defensive Back
Keith Washington (6-2, 180 lbs., Copiah–Lincoln College, Prattville, Ala.) was looking to work his way back to Division I after spending two years at the University of Michigan, and he’s done so with his commitment to West Virginia. Coming out of Prattville High School, Washington was a two-way standout, but redshirted during his first year in Ann Arbor, then played sparingly in 2016. After assessing the landscape, and even though he was told that he would get time at both safety and corner this year in Ann Arbor, he decided to go to a junior college, where he could hopefully make a fresh start and attract attention from other Division I schools for his final two seasons of eligibility.
He did that this year, playing in nine games in which he had 20 tackles, two interceptions, five pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for the Wolves, who finished 4-5 on the season. Washington was one of ten defensive backs who played in all nine Co-Lin games this season.
Washington had offers from Kansas, East Carolina, Memphis and Texas Tech, and is on track to graduate in December. That was a key for his commitment West Virginia, as he has already used his redshirt season.
West Virginia loses senior Mike Daniels, and has just Hakeem Bailey as a returnee with any experience at corner. That assumes Kenny Robinson stays at free safety, which is the latest indication from the WVU coaching staff.
Washington will compete with a number of corners who have yet to play other than on special teams. Jake Long, Sean Mahone, Kevin Williams, Jacquez and Jordan Adams and Fontez Davis are all current sophomores and freshmen, but none made a serious push for playing time on a defense that needed all the help it could get at corner.