COLUMBUS, Ohio Defensive back Donald Washington announced this morning that he will enter his name into the 2009 National Football League draft.


A statement from Washington:


“I’m very excited to take the next step and pursue my dream of playing in the National Football League, but it has been a difficult and emotional decision.


“I thank Coach Tressel and all those within the OSU football program for creating such a terrific environment for me to succeed both athletically and academically. I have had tremendous experiences at OhioState and at FranklinCentralHigh School with Coach Lance Scheib, who continues to be an integral part of my life.


“I will especially, and most importantly, miss all of my teammates and brothers. I wish them nothing but the best and continued success.


“I would also like to give my word that I will uphold the Buckeye tradition of doing my best off the field , as well as my best in competing with the premier athletes around the world on the field in the NFL.”


Washington, an Indianapolis native, recorded 99 tackles during his three-year OhioState career. He will graduate from OhioState in June with a degree in communications.