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Michigan's Al Washington -- Key Recruiter -- Following Mattison To Ohio State: Report

It's Harbaugh's second coach to defect to the Buckeyes in as many days.

January 08, 2019 - 12:53 pm

Make it two coaches that are leaving Michigan for Ohio State. 

A day after Greg Mattison made the move from Ann Arbor to Columbus, Al Washington followed in his footsteps. Washington, formerly a defensive assistant at Michigan, is set to become Ohio State's linebackers coach/recruiting coordinator under first-year head coach Ryan Day, according to 247 Sports

Washington had been at Michigan for one year. Hired last offseason by Jim Harbaugh, he coached the Viper position and was one of the team's key recruiters. 

Washington was particularly crucial in recruiting battles in Ohio and Georgia. Six of the seven players he helped bring to Michigan in this year's class come from one of those two states, including four-star tackle Trente Jones from Georgia and four-star tight end Erick All from Ohio. 

For Washington, the move to Ohio State is something of a homecoming. His father played for the Buckeyes under Woody Hayes and Washington grew up in Columbus.

It's also a reunion with Day, as the two coached together at Boston College from 2013-14. Washington also played at Boston College -- he was a three-year starter at defensive tackle -- when Day was a graduate assistant for the Eagles for two years in the early 2000s. 

Washington's departure marks the third from Harbaugh's staff this offseason and 12th overall since Harbaugh took over in 2015.

Mattison's defection to Ohio State, where he will serve as co-defensive coordinator, clearly set the stage for Washington to do the same.