Dwayne Haskins Sets Decision Plans: Which Team Has Best Shot to Land 4-Star QB?

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystFebruary 18, 2015


Quarterback Dwayne Haskins appears to be entering the final stretch toward a collegiate commitment.

The 4-star Maryland prospect shared potential announcement plans Tuesday during a discussion with Todderick Hunt of NJ.com.

"Hopefully, it'll be early April, around that time, probably around the time of Elite 11 camp," Haskins said.

He is expected to compete at the Washington D.C. Regional Elite 11 showcase on April 19. There's also a strong chance Haskins will be invited to participate in national Elite 11 finals, held this summer at Nike's world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

Rated fifth nationally among pro-style passers in 247Sports' composite rankings, Haskins is considered one of the premier Mid-Atlantic prospects in this 2016 recruiting cycle. College interest extends far beyond the region.

He collected scholarship offers from Ohio State, Clemson, Florida, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Miami before the end of his sophomore year. Texas, Ole Miss, UCLA, Penn State, LSU and Alabama are among the programs that have extended offers since.

The 2014 Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year now has nearly 40 FBS options to consider.

“Years ago you dream about signing, and thinking about it being so close, it’s crazy," Haskins told Mark Giannotto of The Washington Post earlier this month.

The 6'3", 185-pound passer spent the past two seasons picking apart opponents at The Bullis School. He's thrown for 3,066 yards and 36 touchdowns since 2013, per MaxPreps.

Haskins headed north for his past two campus visits, traveling to Rutgers twice since January. His most recent trip took place Feb. 16, though he anticipates an expanded travel itinerary as the clock ticks toward a decision. 

"I haven't been able to visit any schools other than Rutgers lately because my mom has business up there, so she's always traveling back and forth," Haskins told Hunt. "But now that it's getting closer and closer to commitment day, I'm gonna be taking some more visits."

He shared an expansive list of possible upcoming destinations Tuesday on Twitter:

For those who may not be fluent in hashtag terminology, Haskins aims to check out Alabama, Auburn, Arizona State, Michigan, LSU, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, UCLA and Arizona. 

That agenda is certainly a tall task considering his timeline and would probably require an epic spring break. 

"I'm gonna try to if my schedule permits me to," he told Hunt. "I mean, it's a lot of traveling and a lot of money, so I'll see if I can make it to some of those schools, but probably can't make all of them."

You can be sure each coaching staff would welcome him to campus with open arms, especially with the anticipation that he's nearing a decision. Big Ten newcomers Rutgers and Maryland likely hope his collegiate exploration is limited in the coming months.

Both programs have put themselves in excellent position to land a playmaker who could become a catalyst for either class.

He spent this past Saturday in New York City, hanging out with Rutgers product Mohamed Sanu, who is now a Cincinnati Bengals receiver, and 2016 Scarlet Knights commit Mohamed Jabbie (Sanu's nephew).

Haskins grew up near Rutgers and became familiar with both players through youth football.

"We enjoyed each other's company because I haven't been able to hang out with Little Mo since Pop Warner days," Haskins told Hunt. "He's not pushing me too much, but he'll have little tidbits here and there about why I should go."

Former Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu maintains a strong relationship with Haskins.
Former Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu maintains a strong relationship with Haskins.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Maryland, meanwhile, has made Haskins a top priority as the crown jewel of its in-state recruiting efforts. The Terrapins are a viewed as a slight favorite to sign Haskins among the 39 experts who've contributed predictions to his 247Sports Crystal Ball.

He will attend Junior Day in College Park this weekend.

Fellow Terps target Keith Simms, an in-state linebacker, believes Haskins could lead the way toward a big-time class at Maryland.

"Dwayne is definitely trying to get everyone to go to one school, and he's been advocating Maryland a lot, especially as of late," Simms told Marco Knudsen of SB Nation last month.

His travel schedule could shake things up immensely as spring approaches, but for now, things seem to be setting up nicely for Maryland and Rutgers. In advance of his Junior Day visit, we'll give a slight edge to the Terps. 

Expect plenty of developments in this recruitment as Haskins makes his final push toward a pledge.

Today's top contenders could quickly fade as he further investigates alternative opportunities on the recruiting trail.

Recruit ratings and info courtesy of 247Sports.