Jacob Washington

Shaw wide receiver Jacob Washington, a Class of 2025 4-star recruit, has committed to Michigan. Washington joins Shaw teammate Jasper Parker as the second Eagle to commit to Michigan in the past month.

Highly recruited Shaw wide receiver Jacob Washington had plenty of college options, but Michigan was the one that stood out.

Washington, a four-star recruit from the 2025 class, on Tuesday joined Shaw teammate Jasper Parker in locking in his commitment to Michigan before the start of his senior season.

Washington and Parker have played together throughout high school and plan to continue being teammates in college with the Wolverines.

“It’s a great opportunity that I have,” Washington said. “It feels great to be committed to Michigan. Jasper and I have played together for a long time. The bond and chemistry that we have is great on and off the field. Bringing that up to Ann Arbor is going to be great.”

Washington visited other Power Five schools in Missouri, Baylor and Georgia Tech, but he felt that Michigan gave him the best chance to thrive both on and off the field.

“Michigan just checked all my boxes,” Washington said. “Them being national champs, getting a high caliber education and being a high-caliber school in general. It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up on.”

Michigan wide receivers coach and Shaw alum Ronald Bellamy played an important role in Washington’s recruitment much like he did with Parker.

“It’s great knowing that we came from the same place and played for the same head coach,” Washington said. “It’s going to be great having that bond in Ann Arbor and just having someone to look after you.”

“When Ronald came down to recruit him (Washington), there was just a natural connection,” Shaw coach Hank Tierney said. “Ronald was a great player here, and Jacob has all of those qualities and all the potential to be the same player. He’s a 4.0 student, so it was a great match at Michigan.”

Washington’s got ideal size for a wide receiver at 6-foot-3 and has speed to go with it, making him someone that should be able to make an impact at Michigan.

“He (Washington) is a big target,” Tierney said. “He’s going to win most jump balls, and he’s a weapon on the goal line because of his size. He’s got great hands, and his route running has improved tremendously. He’s very fast, he ran at a bunch of camps and got a lot of great offers. We’re hoping for great things from him.”

Shaw’s offense is led by Washington, Parker and senior dual-threat quarterback Mason Wilson, and they’ve got high expectations for this season.

“It’s great because I know if I’m ever in trouble, I’ve got No. 4 (Washington) on my side,” Wilson said. “I can just throw it up and give him 50-50 balls and he’s going to come down with it. I’m confident in him, and he’s confident in me. We’re building chemistry every day and getting better.

“We have even more than us three. Those two (Washington and Parker) are the big names, but we have weapons everywhere. I think we’re one of the best teams in the state for sure and can compete with anyone.”

Washington’s got lofty goals for his senior season as he looks to prove himself as one of the top wide receivers in the state and help lead the Eagles to their ultimate goal.

“My goal and a team goal we have is just going to the Superdome and winning that game,” Washington said. “It’s been preached to us this whole offseason, just training to get to that moment and being ready for that moment.

“For me personally, I want to be an All-American and be the best receiver in the state. I want to help my team in any way possible to get to the Superdome and win that game.”

Email Spencer Urquhart at surquhart@theadvocate.com.