Malachi Washington plans to make the teams that overlooked him pay. (Gabe Hiatt / For the Washington Post)

Malachi Washington has two promises concerning his college football career.

One was partially fulfilled on Jan. 24, when he announced his commitment to Morgan State on Twitter, accepting a scholarship offer and making good on a vow he made to alleviate the cost of a higher education from his mother.

Answering the other will depend on how well the 6-foot-2, 220-pound, all-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference defensive end from Westlake performs on the next level.

“All the teams that didn’t recruit me, I’m just going to make them regret it,” Washington said.

Holding offers from Old Dominion, Tulane, Bowie and Central Connecticut, Washington said he chose the Bears because in his opinion, Morgan State was the only team that seemed to really want him there.

Washington liked the vibe he got from players on his recruiting visit to the Baltimore school last weekend. Coaches telling him they expected him to contribute as a true freshman was a big plus.

“When I talked to the players, they were talking about how the new coaching staff made them come together, how it’s changed record-wise,” Washington said. “I felt like it was a real brotherhood there, so I just want to come along with them.”

After six years as a wide receivers coach at Maryland, Lee Hull took over as head coach last year and led the Bears to a 7-6 record and a berth in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. It was the first time the Bears finished above .500 since 2009.

In his final season at Westlake, Washington compiled 16 sacks, 74 tackles, 36 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, two of which he returned for touchdowns.

On the same day Washington announced his decision on Twitter, Thomas Stone quarterback and defensive back Trey Lee used the same medium to share his commitment to Towson.

Lee, the SMAC player of the year, was a two-way threat for Thomas Stone, which went 11-2, won the Maryland 3A South region and had its best season in 15 years. Lee led the Cougars’ triple-option attack with more than 1,200 yard rushing and 19 touchdowns while garnering attention as a safety.


Trey Lee (2) poses with Ryan Sharp (50) and Greg Goralski (52). (Photo courtesy of Bobbie Padgett)

He said last Wednesday he received a surprise phone call from Tigers outside linebackers coach Jon Schwartz, who asked if he could pay a visit to the Lee residence. After sitting around and waiting for Lee’s father to get home from work, Schwartz came through with an offer.

“He told me right there that I was able to make it happen, and he offered me right there on the spot,” Lee said.

But Lee, who was receiving interest from Delaware and held offers from Duquesne, Robert Morris, West Point and Lenoir-Rhyne, needed to visit campus before he was comfortable making a commitment.

He took his official visit on Friday, then pledged to the Tigers on Saturday.

“They really want to win a national championship. That’s the whole team’s goal,” Lee said. “When I was hanging out with the guys, they really made me feel like a brother, like they already took me in. I was realy comfortable with those guys, and the coaches really made me feel at home.”

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