With Purdue in the midst of a coaching change, Texas native Terrell Washington Jr. decided to open up his recruiting and evaluate his options this month. One of the freshmen on the table for the versatile 5-foot-11, 200-pounder is from Iowa, where the Hawkeyes’ coaching staff extended an offer on Wednesday.
Iowa running backs coach Ladell Betts was in the running to catch up with Washington, who is currently on vacation.
“I’m on a cruise so we were just texting and he said let’s make it public now,” Washington said. “My versatility fits what Iowa needs.”
A true player with the ball in his hands, Washington finished his senior season at Wylie East with 598 yards rushing, 604 yards receiving and 22 touchdowns. Last year, as a junior, he had 1,124 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns.
“I just want to play,” Washington said. “Wide receiver, running back, whatever the team needs.”
After decommitting from Purdue, Washington heard from Iowa, Ohio State, Washington State, Tulane and North Texas, among others. He was originally set to graduate and start college in January, but now he’s hitting the pause button to make sure he finds the right home and may wait until February to sign.
“It depends on the mood,” said Washington, whose father played at Illinois. “I’m not in a hurry.”
Watch highlights from Washington’s senior year at Wylie East in the video below.