Dwayne Haskins committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Monday.
Haskins announced his decision on Twitter:
The 4-star recruit is the No. 7 pro-style quarterback and No. 80 overall in the class of 2016, per 247Sports' composite rankings. He joins a loaded group of recruits heading to Columbus next year, which 247Sports' composite ranking places second behind LSU's 2016 class.
Haskins also wrote an essay, in part explaining why he selected Ohio State:
It has been a dream of mine to play for The Ohio State University. This prestigious university best represents my family values and playing under Coach (Urban) Meyer, Coach (Tim) Beck and the rest of the coaching staff best exampled strong leadership abilities and people that I can have a relationship with after football was important.
At the age of eight years old, I went to numerous Ohio State camps, loved watching their games and idolized the university. Finally, my dream to attend Ohio State will come true. It’s a blessing to say that I will be an Ohio State Buckeye. I hope that my story inspires all that took the time to read it.
He has long been an admirer of Ohio State, sharing a video of his visit to a 2008 football camp:
According to ESPN.com's Tom VanHaaren, he wanted his commitment to have an added importance:
Dwayne Haskins sent me the letter he posted today a few days ago and this was something important for him to put out for younger players— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 18, 2016
Eric Seger of Eleven Warriors noted how Monday in particular has been kind to the Buckeyes:
So Dwayne Haskins, Keandre Jones and Binjimen Victor are all Buckeyes. That's a nice little 12-star Monday for Urban Meyer and Ohio State.— Eric Seger (@EricSeger33) January 18, 2016
Ohio State's gain is Maryland's loss. Haskins originally committed to the Terrapins in May, but that came before the firing of head coach Randy Edsall and subsequent hiring of D.J. Durkin. Haskins isn't the only Maryland commit to flip to the Buckeyes either, as outside linebacker Keandre Jones joined OSU as well, per 247Sports' Bill Kurelic.
Eleven Warriors' Tim Shoemaker assumed Meyer was reveling in his success on the recruiting trail:
Ohio State lands three four-star prospects in one day. We go live to Urban Meyer. pic.twitter.com/DVP1a4auVg— Tim Shoemaker (@TimShoemaker) January 18, 2016
Haskins is a natural fit for Ohio State's offense. Despite being considered a pro-style quarterback, he can scramble in the pocket to buy himself more time or run for positive yards on designed running plays. His passing ability isn't in question either, with 247Sports giving him an eight out of 10 in arm strength and nine out of 10s in accuracy and delivery.
VanHaaren shared a brief clip of Haskins at Under Armour All-American practice, which shows off Haskins' right arm:
J.T. Barrett will be the perfect player around whom Haskins can mold his game. Barrett is a better athlete, but the two share a lot of the same characteristics.
Barrett will be a junior in 2016, and whenever he leaves Columbus, Haskins will be the natural successor at quarterback.