Buckeyes Offer 2016 Quarterback Dwayne Haskins
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State offered their third quarterback of the 2016 class on Monday when Urban Meyer told Dwayne Haskins (The Bullis School, Potomac, MD) that he had an OSU offer waiting for him.
Haskins (6-2 175) broke the news, tweeting "Received my 8th offer from my dream school." Attached to the tweet was the familiar picture of the Ohio State "Block O" logo. The offer came from Meyer himself, and it apparently came a little bit ahead of schedule.
"He was saying he couldn’t wait anymore and he couldn’t wait til Thursday to offer me," Haskins told 247Sports. "Thursday they were going to do a player evaluation on me."
Haskins joins Xavier Gaines (Frostproof, FL) and Brandon McIlwain (Newtown, PA) as the lone 2016 gunmen with Buckeye offers.
Haskins was an Honorable Mention All-State selection as a sophomore last season, following a year where he threw for 1,130 yards and 14 touchdowns, completing 56.3% of his passes.
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It has been a very busy and productive month for Haskins, who was offered by Florida on Monday as well, which followed a Sunday offer from Clemson. Haskins now has offers from Ohio State, Arizona State, Florida, Clemson, Temple, Nebraska, SMU and Utah.
Early in the month Haskins was named one of the top 10 performers at a 7on7 tournament in northern New Jersey. Two weeks ago he won the quarterback MVP award at a Rivals camp in Washington DC, and this past weekend he won the quarterback award at the DC Nike Football Training Camp.
As for the type of offense that Haskins fits best, he doesn't really have a preference.
"I can do anything," he told SBNation.com.
"Whether it's throwing the ball, read option, spread schemes, pro style. I'm just being open to any college that offers me."
The rise has just begun for Haskins, who is now one of the hottest names in the 2016 class. Fortunately for OSU, the Buckeyes would appear to be a very tough team to beat here because Haskins grew up an Ohio State fan, and also considers former Buckeye great Shawn Springs a mentor.
Don't expect a commitment right away, however, as Haskins still plans to give every school who is looking at him a fair shake.
"Ohio State is my dream school," he told SBNation.com prior to his OSU offer.
"But ever since I moved down here, I'm making sure that I give every school a chance. But definitely when I was younger, watching Jim Tressel and Troy Smith, I enjoyed watching them. So that's one of my dream schools."
Haskins has already planned a trip to Penn State for this coming weekend, and an offer from the Nittany Lions would not be unexpected. Florida State has also been in contact, and he plans on camping at LSU this summer.
A trip to Ohio State will eventually happen, but it won't be the first time he's been to Columbus.
"I went to their camps when I was little," he said. "I had a little jersey with my name on the back of it."
If all goes well for the Buckeyes, he could be wearing the real thing in 2016.
If Ohio State would be able to lock Haskins up in the near future, they would already have their 2016 and 2017 (Danny Clark, Massillon) quarterbacks in the barn before receiving a commitment from a 2015 quarterback, of which they'd like to take two.
Haskins isn't yet ranked by any of the recruiting services, but given the early offers, you can expect him to rise up the charts quickly.
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