Although four-star defensive end Devin Washington (Orlando, Fla./Jones) has been committed to South Carolina since May, he hadn’t had a chance to see a game at Brice-Williams Stadium until this past Saturday.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound senior said his first gameday experience at South Carolina was electric.
“Everyone in the place was just going crazy from start to finish,” Washington said. “People around me, fans that have been there for several years, said that they had never heard Brice-Williams Stadium as loud as it was Saturday night.
“Even the recruits were getting into it, it was hard not to.”
South Carolina rolled to a 35-7 victory over Georgia and Washington enjoyed watching the defense he will soon be a part of.
“They were so dominating, the defensive line was great, the linebackers, secondary, everyone,” Washington said. “It was a total team effort.”
The trip also gave Washington a chance to reflect on why he committed to South Carolina and how much he is looking forward to being a Gamecock.
“You know they are doing well right now and came off of a great season but that wasn’t the main reason for me committing to the school,” Washington said. “A lot of other prospects want to run around and chase what they feel is the best chance to win a championship. I chose to come here because it felt like the best place for me to develop on and off the field.
“Now seeing what they have accomplished makes me understand that the stakes are higher and I will have to work harder than I have ever worked before when I get there.”
One question Washington has had to deal with is what position he will play at South Carolina. The Gamecocks current starting defensive ends, Jadeveon Clowney and Devin Taylor, stand at 6-6 and 6-8, respectively. The discrepancy in size has some thinking Washington will be more of a hybrid linebacker/pass rushing specialist similar to Melvin Ingram.
Washington, however, said that he is more than capable of playing defensive end and adding the size.
“They have talked about doing something with me like they did with Melvin Ingram but at the same time I’m close to 6-4 now and I’m in line with most of the program’s defensive ends,” Washington said. “I know Jadeveon and Devin are really tall but they are one-of-a-kind players. They stand out in any situation on any roster.”