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February 3, 2014

Washington picks NU

Just two days before National Signing Day, Northwestern's Class of 2014 is finally complete.

Two-star defensive end Xavier Washington of Cedar Hill (Texas) confirmed his commitment to Northwestern via a text message to WildcatReport moments ago. He pledged the Wildcats just one day after returning from an official visit over the weekend.

He followed up that text with the following tweet: "I will be attending northwestern university."

Washington also held offers from Air Force, Houston, Nevada, North Texas, UTSA and Yale. He chose the Wildcats over finalists Houston and North Texas.

The news of Washington's commitment wasn't too much of a surprise. On Sunday night, he posted his HUDL highlights, which featured a "Northwestern University" title. Now, it's official.

The 6-foot-1, 235-pounder is already familiar with a couple of his future teammates. He played against four-star QB commit Clayton Thorson in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, and he also took his official with fellow Texan Jared McGee, a two-star safety who committed to the Wildcats on Sunday as a greyshirt and will enroll in 2015.

Washington, an all-state defensive end, was selected to the Semper Fi Bowl after he was named defensive MVP of the Texas Class 5A Division II title game, during which he racked up nine tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. The Longhorns captured the prestigious Texas title with a 34-24 win over Katy.

Washington is the 15th member of Northwestern's class and its third defensive linemen.

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