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West Virginia Football Recruiting: Former Michigan Cornerback Keith Washington Joins Mountaineer Secondary

The Mountaineers pick up a JUCO cornerback for immediate secondary help in 2018.

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Former Michigan cornerback Keith Washington (6) to join the Mountaineer secondary
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The West Virginia Mountaineers have found another high school quarterback. By that I mean that former Michigan cornerback Keith Washington used to be a high school quarterback. Washington originally committed to the Michigan Wolverines out of high school and quickly converted to cornerback. He redshirted his freshman year and then played special teams during his redshirt freshman season. Washington was expected to compete for a starting job this spring but instead chose to transfer to Copiah-Lincoln Community College. Washington will have two years to play two at West Virginia. He will add a long body at corner and the ability to keep up with even the speediest backs in the Big 12. As a high school recruit, Washington was once timed with a 4.38 40 yard dash.


Height: 6’-2”

Weight: 170 lbs.

Power 5 Offers - Texas Tech and Kanas

Big 4 Ratings:

  • 247Sports - 3* (83 rating)
  • Rivals - 3* (5.7 rating)
  • ESPN - 3* (75 rating)

Senior year highlights: (These are from his HS days)

The Smoking Musket Analysis

In Two Words - if you have to remember just two things about this player...

  • F-A-S-T
  • Long

Scheme Fit

Washington gives Tony Gibson another tall cornerback to help compete against the Big 12 receivers but unlike previous guys who were thicker and built to play press, Washington is more of a speedster. Given his speed and lack of size, Washington may end up moving to the free safety spot once Dravon Askew-Henry graduates.

Impact on Other Prospects?

Washington makes four defensive backs for the class. The star of the class is Kwantel Raines at safety but there is Joshua Norwood, a former Ohio State Buckeye safety, and Jayce Rogers. The Mountaineers will look for one or two more defensive backs in this class, with their top target being four-star junior college prospect Jeremy Webb. Webb will be announcing his decision on December 20th, and will sign his NLI that day as well.