Bullis School quarterback Dwayne Haskins was a game-changing get for Maryland and he’s pulling his own weight on the recruiting trail for the Terps. (Mandatory Credit: Doug Kapustin/The Washington Post)
Stefon Diggs started the “Stay Home Movement” when he spurned several elite programs to play for Maryland.
Now the torch has been passed to Dwayne Haskins.
As the prized recruit of Maryland’s 2016 class, a lot certainly rests on the shoulders of The Bullis School quarterback. Haskins has made it clear time and time again that it’s not something that he takes lightly.
On May 15, Haskins announced his commitment to the Terps, which was a huge deal in itself. However, as he finished making his pledge to Maryland, the senior signal caller proclaimed the list of 20 other high school players that he intended to try and recruit to College Park.
Among those names were DeMatha Catholic (Md.) offensive guard Terrance Davis, Avalon School (Md.) cornerback Trevon Diggs, and Imhotep (Pa.) tight end Naseir Upshur. Diggs is probably the most likely to end up coming to the Terps.
However, DeMatha wideout Tino Ellis committed to Maryland on July 31 after months of speculation. Ellis’ verbal pledge marked the third commitment from the local powerhouse with wideout Darryl Turner and running back Lorenzo Harrison being the others.
Haskins has used Twitter as one of his biggest recruiting tools with simple nudge tweets promoting Maryland to uncommitted recruits all around the area.
On Saturday, several Maryland commits and targets attended a barbecue at Maryland.
During the event, several of those recruits posed for a photo in Maryland gear. Of course, Haskins took the opportunity to tweet out the photo for all to see.
The photo included Maryland commits Michael Clark, Lorenzo Harrison, and D.J. Turner in additions to Terps targets such as Aaron Hansford (St. John’s College) and Keith Simms (The Landon School). Then a little while later, Haskins posted a photo of himself in his No. 3 Maryland jersey with a simple message for the world.
Before coach Randy Edsall got to Maryland and reeled in Diggs, there was no semblance of anything even loosely related “Maryland Pride.” Now everything from the uniforms to the program’s recruiting strategy is based on the idea of the area’s best players staying close to home and being at the University of Maryland.
On several occasions, Haskins has alluded to the fact that he wants Maryland to be like Miami was in the 1980s. During that time period, the Hurricanes accumulated some of South Florida’s best talent and ended up being a national powerhouse. Miami had future NFL stars like Jerome Brown (Philadelphia Eagles) and Michael Irvin (Dallas Cowboys) believe in the process and choose to play their college football in Coral Gables.
As was mentioned above, the “Stay Home Movement” really seems to be hitting its mark as three of the top 10 players in the state of Maryland are committed to the Terps. That’s not counting Davis and Diggs, who are strongly considering Maryland and are currently uncommitted.
The movement is also extremely beneficial to Maryland because rival Penn State has been poaching recruits from the DMV at an alarming rate in recent years.
Will the Terps ever actually be like Hurricanes of the 1980s? Only time will tell, but the program has the right man leading the charge in Haskins.