On Friday, Dwayne Haskins Jr. began what would be an exciting weekend for the Maryland program as the four-star quarterback announced his commitment to the Terrapins on Twitter.
Haskins chose Maryland from a litany of other offers including Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Texas.
Ranked as the No. 3 pro-style passer in the country and top prospect in the state of Maryland on 247sports.com, Haskins is the pioneer of what Maryland is dubbing the “DMV Movement,” which is, so far, a successful campaign to attract all of the top players from nearby Washington DC (D), Maryland (M), and Virginia (V). Haskins is using this recruiting tactic to help influence Maryland targets on the recruiting trail, and the 6’3”, 198-pound quarterback is off to a strong start.
Just a day later, Maryland picked up not one but two commits from prospects in the 2016 class. Next to join the class was Jeffery Pooler, a two-star defensive tackle from Chaminade Julienne in Dayton, Ohio.
Pooler spoke very highly of Maryland in an interview with Scout.com’s Dave Lominoco, citing how familiar the 6’4”, 272-pound DT has grown with the campus.
“Maryland is like a second home to me,” Pooler said. “I’m very familiar with the area and I love it down there. I go there a lot to visit, and I’ve actually been around [the University of] Maryland before too. I’ve driven through the campus, and it’s beautiful. Last year I was there over spring break and I loved it so I’m definitely very comfortable down in Maryland.”
Shortly after receiving Pooler’s pledge, Maryland’s 2016 class grew by one more as offensive tackle Terek Zingale joined the fray. Standing 6’6” and 300-pounds, Zingale is a two-star prospect on 247sports who sported other offers from Akron, Illinois, Ohio and Toledo.
Just like Pooler, Zingale gushed when asked about his commitment by Lominoco, mentioning the Maryland campus as well as other aspects of the program.
“Oh man, I can’t say enough about Maryland,” Zingale said. “The campus, the coaches, the academics—everything there is great. I love it at Maryland and I can’t say enough about the program.”
With this weekend’s haul in the books, Maryland currently sits at 10 commits in the 2016 class, which is good enough for 21st nationally and 4th in the Big Ten. Maryland has an average ranking of 84/100 per commit.
Dwayne Haskins Breakdown
Weight: 198 pounds
Junior Year Stats: 159 for 259 (61.4%), 1,963 passing yards, 24 total touchdowns
Offers: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Hawaii, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn State, Rutgers, SMU, Syracuse, Temple, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Out of all three prospects that committed to Maryland over the weekend, Haskins has the highest ceiling of the bunch. Haskins is a plus athlete, but is ranked as a pro-style passer due to his tendency to stay in the pocket and attack through the air. As evidenced by his stats, Haskins was extremely successful with this approach in 2014 thanks to his strong arm and pinpoint accuracy.
Based on physical skills alone, Haskins grades out as a talented prospect. Although most of his snaps are out of shotgun on tape, Haskins looks light on his feet and achieves depth in his drop back. As a versatile athlete, Haskins throws well on the run, although he does not flee the pocket too often, instead opting to keep his eyes downfield.
On intermediate throws, Haskins displays exceptional ball placement. This is true of longer throws as well, but is more evident on short patterns due to the smaller throwing windows. Haskins gets the ball out quickly, but could serve to refine his throwing motion, cutting out what looks like a slingshot motion at times. His motion does falter at times, dropping his arm slot further down which could lead to batted balls at the college level.
Overall, Haskins looks to have the physical tools and mental makeup to succeed at the next level. He has experience both under center and in shotgun, can make a variety of throws on the field either in the pocket or on the run, and has the athleticism to keep a defense honest in the flats. These traits make Haskins a big pickup for the Maryland program and the first big recruiting snag of the DMV Movement.