There’s only so much to be learned from a footrace, but Everett High senior Jakarrie Washington has never lost one.
Football coach John DiBiaso, who has known Washington since he was 9 years old, can vouch for that. So too, can Raheem Wingard and John Montelus, two of Washington’s teammates.
Washington has been clocked in the Everett gym running a 4.41-second 40-yard dash — a time that would have beaten all but 13 college players in the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. It’s the same time Robert Griffin III ran.
Speed is what Washington has, and although it’s tough to predict how that will translate to the Division 1 level, the University of Wisconsin believed Washington was worth a scholarship.
Washington said he’ll sign his official letter of intent in the Everett High library on Wednesday, as many other athletes get ready to formalize their college plans on National Signing Day.
“They said they like my speed and quickness,” said the 5-foot-10-inch, 180-pound Washington, who will likely play cornerback for the Badgers with a chance to return kickoffs and punts. “I want to be [Philadelphia Eagles receiver] DeSean Jackson. He’s just the pretty boy on the field, the flashiest person. He brings the excitement to the game.”
Washington provided plenty of excitement in the Crimson Tide’s 20-19 Division 1A Super Bowl win over Barnstable at Gillette Stadium in December. He broke loose on an outside run for a 53-yard touchdown in the first half, then converted a 6-yard dash for a score in the third quarter.
With his agility and quickness, Washington became incredibly versatile in DiBiaso’s offense, especially as Everett struggled to put a healthy quarterback on the field last fall. With explosiveness and the ability to break tackles, Washington was often used on screen plays or quick handoffs out of the backfield.
Wisconsin, though, is likely to abandon Washington’s offensive prowess in an attempt to convert him to a full-time cornerback.
“He has that ability to lock people down — he’s shown that for us,” DiBiaso said. “They were very happy with the fact he could tackle. They wanted corners that could cover and come up and stick you. He filled that bill.”
Montelus, who will officially become part of the Notre Dame family on Wednesday, said he’ll be asked to play guard and center for the Irish after playing mostly tackle at Everett.
Barnstable quarterback and Division 1A Player of the Year Nick Peabody will play next fall at Princeton, one of many heading to Ivy League schools.
Andover receiver Will Heikkinen will play at Brown, St. John’s Prep running back/linebacker and Division 1 Player of the Year Alex Moore at Penn, Moore’s teammate and linebacker Lucas Bavaro at Dartmouth, and North Attleboro running back Alex Jette at Brown.
Star quarterbacks DJ Crook, Jonathan DiBiaso, and Nick LaSpada will be moving on from prep school, with Barnstable/Worcester Academy’s Crook going to Penn State, Everett/Phillips Exeter’s DiBiaso to Dartmouth, and Billerica/Taft’s LaSpada to Bates.
And while it may be signing day, many have yet to make their decisions.
Blue Hills running back Vincent Burton is deciding between Stonehill and Springfield. The three-time Globe Division 4A Player of the Year finished as the sixth-leading rusher in state history with 5,530 yards.
Burlington’s record-breaking running back Marcus Odiah has narrowed his choices to Merrimack or Assumption. Shawsheen running back Paul DePlacido is deciding between WPI and UMass-Darmouth.
Brockton’s Austin Roberts and Joe Previte are leaning toward prep school.
Cathedral’s all-time sack leader, Mohammed Braimah, is considering Bentley, Merrimack, and Assumption.