|Dwayne Stanford with Adolphus Washington|
Adolphus Washington, ranked as a five-star prospect (the highest possible ranking), and four-star prospect Dwayne Stanford both stayed true to their commitments as Washington gave his signature to the Ohio State University while Stanford signed with the University of Oregon.
Stanford, a super athletic wide receiver, had been speculated to make the move over to Ohio State to go with his close friend Washington but in the end went with the original commitment that the two made to their respective schools in November.
Washington, a powerful defensive end, was recently named Ohio's defensive player of the year for the second time in a row; and like Stanford he was named an All-American.
Both players are also standouts on the basketball court as Washington will go down as one of the all-time great players in Cincinnati history as he in his third straight year of averaging around 20 points and 15 rebounds; while Stanford has been an all-league selection each of the last two season as well. Both were crucial to Taft capturing last year's Ohio Division III State Championship and star on this year's team which is currently favored to reach the State Championship game in Division II.
Also signing today for Taft were cornerback Ra'saan Jackson and safety Jabari Watkins, both of whom gave their pledges to Kentucky Christian University. Both Jackson and Watkins are also members of the Taft basketball team.
CPHR would like to send our deepest congratulations to all four young men and their families for making their dreams of playing collegiate football come true.