Dwayne Haskins commits to Maryland


Bullis School quarterback Dwayne Haskins announced his intentions to play football for coach Randy Edsall and the Terrapins on Friday afternoon. (Mandatory Credit: The Sentinel)

The Maryland football program has landed their big fish.

On Friday afternoon, Bullis School quarterback Dwayne Haskins committed to Maryland.

Haskins held offers from many of the biggest programs in the country, including Alabama,. Notre Dame, and Ohio State. The finalists for Haskins’ services were Alabama, Florida, Maryland, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Virginia Tech.

Rutgers was the other logical landing spot with Haskins being originally from New Jersey and having several connections to the program.

Haskins marks the eighth commitment in the 2016 class for the Terrapins and the third on the offensive side of the ball. According to 247Sports, this would be just the fifth top-100 recruit in the past 10 years with the others being Stefon Diggs (No. 8 in 2012), Damian Prince (No. 27 in 2014), Derwin Gray (No. 93 in 2013), and Kenny Tate (No. 98 in 2008).

In the past 10 years, Maryland hasn’t had a ton of success recruiting the quarterback position. Obviously, C.J. Brown (three-star, 2009) was proabably the most successful of the group, but there was no single recruit above a three-star rating.

Shane Cockerille (three-star, 2013), Perry Hills (three-star, 2012), Danny O’Brien (three-star, 2009), Caleb Rowe (three-star, 2012), Gage Shaffer (three-star, 2015), and Chris Turner (three-star, 2005) make up the signal callers that have been at Maryland since 2005.

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Haskins is the type of recruit that can change the direction of a program. The Bullis School star figures to be the starter from day one in College Park.

During his past two high school seasons, Haskins has completed 231-of-387 for 3,066 yards to go along with 38 touchdowns (2 rushing) and 11 interceptions. The junior signal caller originally hails from New Jersey, but moved to the Maryland area during his freshman season to help further his football career.

According to 247Sports, Haskins is the No. 5 rated pro-style quarterback and was highest-rated signal caller left on the market. He is also rated as the No. 2 player in state of Maryland, just behind DeMatha defensive end and Penn State commit Shane Simmons.

On the field, Haskins is a tremendous pocket passer with a good amount of mobility. The Bullis School star throws a phenomenal deep ball and is a very accurate passer. With Hills and Rowe both set to graduate in 2016, Haskins would presumably be battling Cockerille and Shaffer for the starting job next summer.

With Haskins committed to play at Maryland, several high-profile recruits could take a second look at coach Randy Edsall and the Terps. This could be the first shoe to drop in a long list of big commitments for Maryland.

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