Coach Coombs is important to Class of 2017 ATH Aapri Washington

By: Michael Rockstedt

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In the beginning of the week, we did an article on Class of 2016 running back Robert Washington. Today, we sat down with his cousin and class of 2017 star, Aapri Washington, from Huntersville, North Carolina.  The 5-9, Athlete has six offers already from the likes of Boston College, Mississippi State, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Old Dominion, and Ohio.  Some of the other schools that have not offered but are showing interest are Arizona, UNC, NC State, West Virginia, and Ohio State.  Aapri has been to Ohio State a couple of times now including April 15th for a visit and most recently on June 21st for a camp.  He had nothing but good things to say about his recent visits to Ohio State.

“In April I got to visit the campus and the facilities were excellent!” he said of his visit.  “I love the stadium also.  It definitely lived up to the expectations that Ohio State has.  At the camp in June, I got to work out with Coach Coombs and it was awesome getting to learn from him and have him coach me.  The competition was great and I had a great time. I could definitely see myself as a Buckeye.”

Coach Coombs is one of the biggest reasons why Washington has such a strong interest in Ohio State.  He told me that they have built such a strong relationship and it continues to grow.  “He is a father figure to me,” Washington said of his relationship with Coombs.  “I trust him a lot with everything.  He said if I need anything at all he would be there to help me.  He is taking me under his wing.”  Coombs is a very personable guy and a very popular figure among Ohio State fans and recruits.  It is nice to have a recruit trust a coach like that.  Coombs is building strong relationships with a lot of these players and it is doing wonders for Ohio State.

Aapri Washington’s recruitment is just starting, but that does not mean he is not busy.  He has been all over the country this summer on visits, going to camps etc.  He does want to get back to Ohio State for a game.  When he is not playing football, he enjoys hanging out with friends and relaxing.  The recruiting process has not been stressful for Aapri because his cousin has been giving him good advice throughout it.  “He tells me that I need to be patient,” Aapri said of the advice Robert has given him.  “He tells me not to stress about the whole process.”  Aapri is certainly making a name for himself on the camp circuit.  I am excited to follow him on the recruiting trail as he gets bigger and stronger.  I think that he is going to be a highly rated player in his class.  I asked what he would like to say to Buckeye fans and he said, “Go Bucks!”  Aapri Washington is a recruit that every fan should follow.


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