A couple of weeks ago, Yazoo City (Miss.) High School linebacker Timothy Washington said he felt like he was getting closer to his college decision. On Saturday night, the 2015 linebacker and 247Sports four-star made that decision and committed to Mississippi State.
The 6-foot-3 and 200-pound Washington also drew interest from Alabama, Georgia, Auburn and Tennessee among several others. Washington owns a 90 rating by 247Sports and is listed as the state's 8th-best prospect for 2015.
"After the game I committed to Mississippi State," said Washington. "I've been thinking about it for a long time and I felt Mississippi State is the place for me. After the game I told Coach (Geoff) Collins first and then I told Coach (Greg) Knox. Coach Collins said it was great for me to commit and even though they lost, I put a smile on his face."
Washington was among numerous prospects at Davis Wade Stadium Saturday night, and saw the Bulldogs give top-ranked Alabama fits, particularly the MSU defense.
"It was great and they could've beaten the No. 1 team in the nation," said Washington. "Once they get their offense going they are going to be a great program. For their defense to do that tonight, it really showed me something."
Washington recently ended his junior season and had 67 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and also blocked three punts. Washington spent most of his time lining up at linebacker and defensive end for Yazoo City and expects to remain at linebacker at the next level.
"I can see myself playing the same position I do in high school," said Washington. "And I fit the best at linebacker in their defense. They like me as a linebacker, too, and that is where I can make the most plays."
Despite just ending his junior campaign, Washington said he felt comfortable about his early decision and felt at home with the Bulldogs.
"I don't feel it is too early at all," said Washington. "I knew where I wanted to be at that is at Mississippi State. My family is very happy for me, too. Mississippi State has a great defense and I want to be there in it. The school fits me and that atmosphere is so nice. They treat me the same way every time I come here and I appreciate that from the staff."