I went into my Chemistry lab today not having any info about Washington. An hour later, I found out that not only had Texas Tech offered Broderick Washington, but that he had committed to the Red Raiders. Just earlier in the day, Texas Tech learned that they weren't in Jalen Bates' newest Top 3, and seemed to be running out of options for defensive linemen. The commitment helps alot with that problem. This gives the Red Raiders their 2nd High School DT this class (along with Breiden Fehoko) and their 3rd Defensive commit. Here is an analysis of him:
Broderick Washington - Center / Defensive Tackle (Longview HS, Longview, TX)
Height Weight 6'2" 290 lbs
Interest: Texas Tech (Commited), Texas A&M *(Cool), Houston (Cool), UTSA (Cool)
Broderick first appeared on Texas Tech radar when he went to Longview's Texas Tech Camp during the summer. I didn't report on him in my Possible Red Raider post because I didn't know who he was and couldn't find his name anywhere. Five days later, he attended an A&M camp, but didn't receive an offer. His offers before today included Houston, UTSA, Arkansas State and North Texas. This morning however, he received an offer from Texas Tech, before committing shortly. He is listed as a Center on all recruiting services, but will play Defensive Tackle for Texas Tech. So with that being said, he film only consist of him playing on the offensive line.
What I like Broderick Washington is that he uses he body well on the line of scrimmage. He is powerful when he hits defenders and his large frame makes it harder for the defense to push back. What I also like the technique he uses when blocking defenders. When Broderick was run blocking and had to push defensive linemen back, he got low and drove his man back. He got good leverage on his man and was able to use that leverage and his strength to push back defensive linemen. This is the same type of skill Broderick will likely use when playing Defensive Tackle for Texas Tech. I don't know how long it will take for Broderick to switch positions in college, but I like what I see already from him and think the transition won't be too difficult. I don't think Broderick will have much of a chance to play his first year also, which will give him time to adjust to the change and improve at the position.
While Washington isn't the 4-star Defensive recruit some of y'all want, he is a critical piece in the 2015 class. Tech only got four JUCO D-linemen last class, not getting any commitments from High School D-linemen. Texas Tech needed a young body on the D-line and that got what they needed with Washington. He is a big body that is great for the Nose Guard position, and with the right coaching, could become an impact player for Texas Tech. I like this commit and feel like Washington could be a great player for the Red Raiders. This won't be the last Defensive linemen in this class though. Tech will likely grab a few more recruits to help fill the gap once all the JUCO recruits graduate. Broderick Washington is a talented player from East Texas and I'm happy that he committed to Texas Tech.