Four-star defensive back Elliot Washington is committed to Penn State football

After a tough week of recruiting, James Franklin has hit back.

Four-star defenseman Elliot Washington II announced his verbal acceptance to Penn State Football’s class of 2023 Friday afternoon, becoming the fifth defenseman to join the class. Washington was originally tied to Alabama since January 2022.

“Having considered all options throughout my recruitment process, I will be retiring from the University of Alabama,” Washington wrote. “After further discussions with my family, I will become involved with Pennsylvania State University.”

He added that he was “1000% committed.”

Washington’s engagement comes just a day after the Nittany Lions lost the four-star quarterback engagement Marcus Stokes when he flew to Florida. Additionally, Penn State lost two top recruiting targets — running back Treyaun Webb and athlete Cameron Seldon.

The composite ranking of 247Sports lists Washington as the sixth best security in the country and the 25th recruit in the state of Florida. Additionally, Washington is the second-highest rated defender engagement ever secured by James Franklin, only behind Lamont Wade in 2016.

It’s safe to say that some momentum has been saved.

At Venice High School, Washington was instrumental in the team’s win at the state championship. Washington totaled 58 tackles and four interceptions in the 2021 season. For a closer look at Washington, check out his Hudl Highlight Reel.

The Venice, Fla. native’s decision marks another recruiting success for James Franklin in the southern region of the country. Washington is the region’s fifth recruit to join Penn State’s Class of 2023 and third from Florida thereafter Konrad Hussey and King Mack committed earlier this year.

Penn State’s Class of 2023 is now reclaiming fifth place The national ranking of 247Sports after Tennessee recently jumped her. The Nittany Lions remain the second-highest ranking Big Ten team behind Ohio State.

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