Meet a Buckeye: Adolphus Washington
A U.S. Army All-American and Parade Magazine All-American, Washington committed to Ohio State the week before Urban Meyer was named head coach in November 2011. He was the Ohio Division III co-defensive player of the year in 2011, helping Taft to the state playoffs. He also was the co-player of the year in basketball in 2011 and 2012, and was a driving force in Taft’s 2011 state championship.
Q – You and fellow first-year starting defensive end Noah Spence live together. Does it work?
A – What makes us good roommates is we’re competitive; we compete over everything, video games, dumb stuff. We’re always pushing each other.
Q – What tune gets you going before a practice or game?
A – There’s a couple of guys from my city I like to listen to. There’s Lantana, he’s got a song called All Hustle, No Luck. I like that. And there’s another guy from Cincinnati called Young Butta, he’s got a couple songs I like. I enjoy listening to local people. You’ve got to support your city.
Q – You feel you are representing inner city Cincinnati?
A – I really do, because there are a lot of guys from that area down there that never make it out because of whatever they go through. I feel like I made it out, and I’m trying to make the best of it. Cornelius Carradine, he went to Florida State and was drafted in the second round this year (49ers). I feel like he helped pave the way for Dwayne Stanford (Oregon wide receiver) and me, and we’ve got to continue the legacy.
Q – What’s the best advice you’ve gotten from your grandpa, John Washington Sr., , a huge Ohio State fan?
A – He just tells me that when I come home, people will be trying to tell me I should do this, I should do that, but that at the end of the day, I should do whatever makes me happy. That’s the way that I go about it.
Q – If you could rent just one movie in a year, what would it be?
A – I like Paid In Full. I know it’s about drug dealing, but the main character, he was kind of in it for everybody, so I kind of look at it from a different way. While his own friends were against him, he was out there trying to help everybody out. That’s like what I want – I want everybody to be successful, like people from Cincinnati, I want them to be successful in whatever they do.
Q – What’s your favorite non-athletic activity>
A – Just hanging with my friends and doing something fun, like going go-kart racing, or going to the movies. But sports is really everything to me and my friends, so when we’re not playing something, we hang out and just chill.
Q – You’re filling the shoes now of 2012 Big Ten defensive player of the year John Simon. How big are those shoes?
A – Really big. Coming into Ohio State, he wasn’t a guy that was that highly recruited, but he made a name for himself by the way he worked and how he played on the field. I wasn’t in the same situation coming out of high school (he was considered among the nation’s elite), but I’ve got big shoes to fill because of the way he worked and played. And I kind of feel like I am making better progress than I was at filling those shoes.
Q – How much do you miss playing basketball?
A – During the football season, I don’t miss it as much, but during the offseason when we’re just doing workouts, I miss it so much, because that’s the time they’re playing basketball and that’s all I’m seeing. I talk to my friends about basketball, Dwayne and I talk about it (by phone) all the time, and especially about our senior year, how we lost to Dayton Dunbar in the regional.
Q – But winning the state title the year before, what did that mean to you?
A – You build friendships playing basketball sort of like what you do with football. And that basketball team, we’d been be friends since fifth grade. And I feel like that moment – winning that state championship – brought us even closer together.