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North's Washington commits to Miss. St. football

North Gwinnett defensive lineman Jordan Washington planned to visit Ohio State this weekend.

That changed on Thursday morning. The senior committed to Mississippi State's football program four days after visiting Starkville, Miss.

"I went to visit last weekend and I felt the love. Me and my mom (Tammy Hiler) loved the facilities, the campus, everything. Plus it's in the SEC," Washington said. "We sat down and talked about it every day and I decided that's the place for me."

Washington chose Mississippi State over his other two finalists of Ohio State and Maryland.

"I always wanted to kind of get it over with. At the same time I didn't just want to get it over with," Washington said. "When I went there I had a good feeling and wanted to commit."

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive lineman runs a 4.9-second 40-yard dash and is being recruited to play tackle or end. Washington has posted 14 tackles, one for loss, one sack and seven QB hurries for No. 6-ranked North Gwinnett this season.

"I really liked the coaches and I feel like I can come in and get some playing time with them," Washington said.

Washington is familiar with Mississippi State's tradition. He has family that lives in the area and his uncle, Kirby Jackson, played for the Bulldogs in the mid-80s. Jackson was later drafted by the New York Jets and was a member of the Buffalo Bills' Super Bowl teams in the early 90s.

Washington is the fourth North senior to make a college commitment. He joins running back Joe Jones (UMass), receiver Chad Scott (Furman) and linebacker Carl Rider (Furman).

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