’25 four-star Malik Washington visiting Maryland for Penn St. game

After suffering their first home loss in nearly five years against St. Joe’s (PA) last weekend, 2025 four-star quarterback Malik Washington will look to lead the Cavaliers in a bounceback game as they prepare for Loyola Blakefield (MD) on Friday night.

Despite falling 24-6 against tenth-ranked St. Joe’s, Washington has carried a strong offseason into his junior year as has established himself among the top passers along the east coast. After flashing his deep ball accuracy and quick decision-making through the first six weeks, the dual-threat quarterback punched in the Cavaliers’ lone score on Friday night after breaking off a 58-yard rushing touchdown.

“He hasn’t even scratched the ceiling or the surface for where he has the opportunity to go,” St. Frances QB coach and RH Academy founder coach Aaron told IBG. “I train a lot of QBs in this area. He’s one of the most talented ones I’ve had by far.”

Washington did so with head coach Mike Locksley and offensive coordinator Josh Gattis along the sidelines as Maryland has prioritized him through the summer into the fall. Oregon, Penn State, Texas A&M and Arkansas are among the school who’ve offered Washington while he’s ventured out to schools like Penn State, Rutgers, Ohio State, Michigan and Oregon among others.

After visiting Maryland for the wins against both Charlotte and Virginia earlier this season, Washington tells IBG he’ll be back along the sidelines when tenth-ranked Penn State heads to College Park on Nov. 4.

“Definitely, it feels good seeing them prioritizing me, showing me a lot of love,” Washington added.

In his second full season as the starter, the dynamic junior quarterback has since eclipsed 4,600 career yards, along with 1,500 passing yards and 21 total touchdowns on 62.8% passing this season.

“He’s a film junkie. Literally. He actually annoys me how much he wants to watch film which is a great problem. ‘Can we break this film down? Can we watch this game? Tell me what I did right, what I did wrong, areas that I can improve.’ He’s really bought into wanting to be the best possible that he can be. That’s something he’s taken tremendous strides in,” coach Aaron said on Malik Washington. “When you’re young and everybody tells you you’re the next best thing, it’s very easy to get complacent with that, feel like your talent is enough to take you to the next level. But that’s not him at all. He recognizes that he can always improve and he’s very adamant about trying to find ways to improve his game. If we have a throwing session and I don’t critique him enough, that’s a problem to him. He wants to figure out where he can improve, things that he can do better. He wants to be coached hard, takes instruction very well. It’s eye contact and then applies it on the very next rep.”

The praise for Washington extends beyond the football after flashing his leadership traits on the public stage over the summer. Washington, who also plays AAU basketball for Team Melo, hosted a free “Friday Night Lights Camp” for kids in second grade to eighth grade back in early August.

“In addition to his talent, you talk about his character, you talk about his demeanor, you talk about his maturity level. God-first type kid, family-first type kid. What you see with him is really what you get. There’s no fluff, nothing exaggerated. He’s definitely somebody that can take a program to the next level.”

Malik Washington is rated a four-star prospect and a 90 overall by On3, currently ranked as the 18th-best quarterback nationally.

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