The Ohio State Buckeyes football team has the unenviable task this year of replacing one of the best running backs to come through Columbus, Carlos Hyde, who is now a member of the San Francisco 49ers as he begins his NFL journey.
Hyde’s ability to not only navigate his way through the middle, but hit that extra gear once he got into the open field will surely be missed.
But, that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll never see someone like that ever again come through Ohio Stadium, and the Ohio State coaching staff sees 2016 North Carolina running back Robert Washington as someone that could refresh everyone’s minds about how dynamic Hyde was in the near future.
Washington recently spent the weekend on the Columbus campus, and with the Buckeyes’ coaching staff, who informed the young man that they plan to use him just as they did Hyde the past few seasons.
“When I came up here the first time they said I was going to be at least 230 or maybe 240 like Carlos Hyde and I could tote the rock like Carlos,” Washington told cleveland.com this weekend. “Hopefully I can be like him. That’s a great guy to be compared to.”
Washington has offers from a plethora of schools already, not just Ohio State, and there’s a lot of time between now and the time the 2016 recruit will need to make his final decision.
But, it’s still good news that he was very impressed with not only his visit to Ohio, but being in the presence of Urban Meyer, like most recruits are.
“The first time I met Urban Meyer on my first visit up here, he just dropped into the office and my mouth dropped,” Washington said. “He’s Urban Meyer, one of the greatest college coaches who has ever lived, so I was like ‘Wow I was talking to Urban Meyer.’ It hits you when you leave. It’s fun being recruited by him.
“He told me (Saturday) that they love my film, the way I can go, that I’m quick, fast and big, and that I fit their offense.”
With the way this young man totes the rock, he does, indeed, fit what the Buckeyes do on offense. The only question going forward is whether or not we’ll get to see this young man that reminds so many of Hyde–well, in an Ohio State uniform, at least.