Tennessee is hosting several high priority targets in both the 2020 and 2021 classes this weekend. One of those targets went ahead and pulled the trigger on Saturday and committed to the Vols.
Isaac Washington, an athletic defensive tackle who plays for East Surry in Pilot Mountain, North Carolina, announced his commitment to the Vols on Twitter on Saturday while he was on campus visiting for a Junior Day event.
first off i want to thank God for everything he has done for me and everything he will do for me i wanna thank everyone who has taken their time to recruit me but I AM VERY EXCITED TO SAY I AM VERBALLY COMMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE @CoachJPruitt pic.twitter.com/NVCv9MIwDO
— isaac (@isaacw_74) January 25, 2020
The 6-foot-3, 266-pound defensive lineman is just a three-star, but his offer list shows that he has potential to shoot up recruiting rankings, and he might be better than the early evaluations might have suggested. Washington picked up his first offer from Auburn back in May of 2019 and has added offers from Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina among others since then. Tennessee offered him back on July 30th after he took an unofficial visit to campus.
Right now, Washington is rated as the No. 647 overall prospect and No. 31 defensive tackle in the 2021 class. Washington was last evaluated by 247Sports in June of 2019, and his ranking on the composite rating was last updated in September of last year.
Washington’s full junior year highlights haven’t been uploaded yet, but he does have highlight film from all of East Surry’s games he played in this past season. On film, Washington shows off great burst and acceleration, and he’s a very athletic and versatile big man. He lines up at defensive tackle but plays quick like a defensive end at times. He’s already strong and has the ability to get good leverage.
As a junior for East Surry, Washington racked up 105 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, 21 quarterback hurries, and a fumble recovery in 15 games according to MaxPreps.
Washington gives Tennessee their fifth commitment of the 2021 class already. The Vols also hold commitments from four-star wide receiver Jordan Mosley, three-star cornerback Jay Jones, three-star athlete Nate Evans, and three-star running back/athlete Elijah Howard.