Oakland defensive back Woodi Washington has a visit scheduled for Oklahoma for July 28.
Despite not having visited the Sooners yet, he knows he wants to play his college football there and has committed to Oklahoma becoming the Sooners 15th commitment for the Class of 2019.
Washington (5-11, 175) chose the Sooners over 18 offers which also included Ohio State, Florida State and Alabama.
Besides Alabama, Washington received SEC offers from Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.
As a junior, Washington became a shut down corner for the Patriots as he registered 41 tackles and intercepted five passes as Oakland finished 13-1 losing in the Class 6A Semifinals.
He will be the third Tennessee player to sign at Oklahoma since 2001 joining Memphis area players Kundarrius Taylor (Ridgeway, Class of 2018) and Justin Williams (Trezevant, 2001).
‘Woodi has worked hard to get to where he is today. I credit Coach Kerry Cooks who has recruited Woodi for two years – it will be nice to play for a defensive backs coach that is also the assistant Defensive Coordinator,” Oakland coach Kevin Creasy said.
Washington wasn’t the only Mid state player to commit as Independence wide receiver T.J. Sheffield, Maplewood defensive back Travares Springer and CPA tight end Bryce McCormick also pledged since Wednesday.
*Like Washington, Sheffield committed today and chose Notre Dame over other finalists Arkansas, Louisville, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Virginia Tech.
“We are very excited to have TJ commit to Notre Dame, TJ has worked extremely hard to make this dream a reality,” Independence coach Scott Blade said.
The last two seasons, Sheffield (5-10, 170) has been a big target in the Eagle passing game as he has 107 catches for 1,746 yards and has scored 24 touchdowns during that time frame.
On Wednesday, when everyone was celebrating the Fourth of July Holiday, Springer and McCormick both announced their college intentions.
*Springer (6-1, 185) chose to commit to Western Kentucky and liked the Hilltoppers over other offers from Austin Peay, Eastern Kentucky, Liberty, Southern Mississippi, Tennessee Stat and UT-Martin.
As a junior, Springer had a big year for Maplewood as he caught 31 passes for 641 yard and scored nine touchdowns while making 48 tackles, intercepting one pass, defending 11 passes and recovering two fumbles.
“Western wants to use him at defensive back but he is such a versatile player,” Maplewood coach Arecentae Broome said. “He’s a great kid that has really worked hard to make himself a better football player and Western are getting a hard working player that will do whatever the coaches ask him to do.”
*McCormick (6-2, 215) committed to Furman over offers from Auatin Peay, Chattanooga, Citadel, Eastern Kentucky, Georgetown, Indiana State, Mercer, Richmond, Southern Illinois, Tennessee Tech and UT-Martin.
Last season, he caught 19 passes for 273 yards and four touchdowns on offense, while making 71 tackles including 11 for a loss at linebacker for the Lions.
“Bryce is a great kid and tremendous football player. He is the type of kid you want to be around. He is selfless and truly cares about the team more than himself. We are very blessed to have him. He will be a big part of Furman’s resurgence to the top of 1-AA football,” CPA coach Ingle Martin said.
The following 31 players have committed in the Class of 2019:
Oakland defensive back Woodi Washington (Oklahoma), Independence wide receiver T.J. Sheffield (Notre Dame), Maplewood defensive back Travares Springer (Western Kentucky), CPA tight end Bryce McCormick (Furman), Lausanne running back Eric Gray (Michigan), Pearl Cohn wide receiver Jayden Harrison (Vanderbilt), Science Hill offensive tackle Blake Austin (Coastal Carolina), FRA athlete Lance Wilhoite (Oregon), Cordova offensive lineman Matthew Bedford (Indiana), BGA linebacker Chico Bennett (Georgia Tech), Whitehaven athlete Devin Boddie (Vanderbilt), Red Bank athlete Calvin Jackson (Wofford), Whitehaven athlete Keveon Mullins (South Carolina), Fulton linebacker Robquan Thomas (Austin Peay), Davidson Academy quarterback Stone Norton (Florida International), Christian Brothers defensive end Christian James (Vanderbilt), Germantown tight end Conner Richardson (Tulane), Dyersburg linebacker Chris Russell (Memphis), Karns athlete Thomas Harper (Oklahoma State), MBA linebacker Jackson Hannah (Nebraska), Siegel defensive end Joseph Anderson (South Carolina), Davidson Academy running back Da’Joun Hewitt (Purdue), Davidson Academy defensive end Ani Izuchukwu (Mississippi State), Greeneville wide receiver Dorien Goddard (Virginia), Memphis Central defensive tackle Trevis Hopper (Memphis), Greeneville tight end Cameron Hite (Wake Forest), Christian Brothers defensive end Bill Norton (Georgia), MUS defensive back Maurice Hampton (LSU), MBA offensive lineman Jackson Lampley (Tennessee), Kirby quarterback Jaden Johnson (Louisville), and Friendship Christian defensive tackle Luke Smith (Appalachian State).
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