Dwayne Haskins decision primer


Bullis School quarterback Dwayne Haskins is among the top signal callers in the 2016 class and would be a program-changer for Maryland. (Mandatory Credit: Doug Kapustin/The Washington Post)

With Bullis School quarterback Dwayne Haskins set to announce his college decision, here’s a primer of impending decision with everything you need to know.

Height: 6’3
Weight: 198 lbs.
Type of quarterback: Pro-Style
Finalists: Florida, Maryland, Notre Dame, Penn State, Rutgers, & Virginia Tech
Crystall Ball predictions: Maryland (67 percent), Ohio State (18 percent), Rutgers (10 percent), Penn State (2 percent), & LSU (2 percent)
Announcement date: Friday, May 15 at 3 p.m.

Rankings:  No. 2 player in state of Maryland/No. 5 pro-style QB/No. 61 composite (247Sports)

Stats: 2013 season – 72-of-128 for 1,130 yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions; 2014 season – 159-of-259 for 1,936 yards with 24 touchdowns (2 rushing) and five interceptions

On the field: Haskins is one of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the 2016 class. If you’re watching film of the Bullis School signal caller, there’s so many positive attributes that jump off the page.

First of all, the four-star prospect has tremendous pocket presence. Even when facing the pass rush, Haskins is able to remain calm and deliver the ball with supreme accuracy. He’s a very mobile quarterback that can move around in the pocket to help make the necessary throws. What comes with that is his elusiveness. If a play breaks down, Haskins has no problem pulling it down and running with the football.

As far as delivering the ball, Haskins is very fundamentally sound. The Bullis School star has great footwork and seems very comfortable in the pocket. He throws an above-average ball in terms of intermediate and deep routes. Haskins can find any receiver, whether it’s fitting the ball into a narrow window or hitting someone in stride on a deep pass.

Haskins is a very accurate passer, which is aided by his pocket presence. He isn’t afraid to put the ball where it needs to be. The local product’s accuracy allows wide receivers to make easy catches, which needs to yards-after-the-catch. Haskins can also thread the needle down at the goal line when he has to. He just makes throwing the football look so effortless.

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Handicapping the decision: It appears as though it is a two-horse race with Haskins. Maryland and Rutgers figure to be the major contenders with the Terps being the heavy favorite. There’s talk about Florida making a late run, but I just don’t see Haskins going to Gainesville. Obviously, Haskins has plenty of connections to both Maryland and Rutgers. The Bullis School signal caller has been in contact with the Maryland staff for a long time. He’s been to several games and events in College Park over the course of the last year, so the Terps have definitely made Haskins their top priority. On the other hand, Haskins is actually originally from New Jersey, but transferred to the Maryland area to showcase himself to colleges. He has connections to the Scarlet Knights as he is close to commits Mohamed Jabbie and Jonathan Pollock as well as Cincinnati Bengals and former Scarlet Knight wideout Mohamed Sanu. The chance of playing close to home is available at both schools and the two schools will face each other, being that both are now in the Big Ten.

Prediction: Haskins could be a program-changer for Maryland if he ends up staying in the Old Line State. Getting a college-ready quarterback would be huge for the Terps, especially since there’s an amount of uncertainty at the position. If Haskins does pick Maryland, he’ll likely battle with Shane Cockerille and Gage Shaffer for the starting job as Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe will have already graduated. While Rutgers definitely offers a lot of the same things as Maryland, I think it’ll be the Terps for Haskins on Friday.

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