Four-star Nebraska signee Maurice Washington cleared academically

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With summer camp kicking off this Friday, Nebraska was on the receiving end of some very good news Wednesday.

An NU spokesperson has confirmed that Maurice Washington has been cleared as a full academic qualifier. The development means that, instead of taking a redshirt year to focus solely on schoolwork, the highly-touted running back will instead be able to see the field immediately in 2018 as well.

The uncertainty surrounding Washington arose after he was expelled from Trinity Christian High School in Cedar Hill, Texas, in his final semester for behavioral reasons, his high school coach told the Omaha World-Herald earlier this month. Washington subsequently graduated from a California high school before graduating in mid-June.

A four-star member of the Cornhuskers’ 2018 recruiting class, Washington was rated as the No. 10 running back in the country and the No. 26 player at any position in the state of Texas. Only two signee’s in NU’s class this year were rated higher than Washington — dual-threat quarterback Adrian Martinez and tight end Cameron Jurgens.

Washington is expected to contribute immediately for the Cornhuskers his true freshman season.