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Haskins Hearing From Near & Far
It's a duo of offers from schools that don't spend a lot of time recruiting the mid-Atlantic, but SMU and Arizona State both saw plenty to like about class of 2016 quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Haskins, who was at Piscataway (N.J.) High as a freshman before transferring to Potomac (Md.) The Bullis School, is a name to watch during the spring evaluation period as the early offers should prove a harbinger for him. "My coach at an NFL prep camp saw me throw the ball and said I had a lot of potential," Haskins said. "He sent my highlight tape to a bunch of colleges and SMU was the first to respond back." The offer came straight from the top. "Coach (June) Jones is the one who offered me the scholarship," Haskins said. "Their offense is pretty good. It means a lot. I'm excited for it and I'll never forget it. I'm grateful for it." Arizona State also offered, and Haskins already has a few connections with the program. His former 7-on-7 coach, Albie Crosby, sent class of 2014 safety DeAndre Scott to Arizona State, and former 7-on-7 teammate Jalen Strong plays for the Sun Devils. "(Deputy head) coach (Mike) Norvell is the one who offered me, and they were 14th in the nation this year," Haskins said. "They throw the ball a lot, and it's the Pac-12. It's a nice campus and Arizona is nice." Haskins played in the Pylon 7v7 earlier this month, and it was a return to his former home, where he was a teammate of Rutgers cornerback Nadir Barnwell. The Scarlet Knights are recruiting Haskins, but are yet to offer. "I know Rutgers because my school was right next to their school," Haskins said. "They're moving to the Big Ten, so that is a good thing for them." As a sophomore, Haskins completed 72 of 128 passes for 1,130 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. He didn't fully jump into the unofficial visit scene this spring, but he did make stops at Clemson and Georgia when his 7-on-7 team, Perfect Performance, traveled to Florida late last month. "At Georgia, They've got some really good guys there," Haskins said. "I went to their spring practice with my 7-on-7 team and we watched the quarterback and I talked to (assistant) coach (Jeremy) Pruitt and I met (assistant) coach (Tony) Ball. They liked me a lot." The visit to Clemson was also useful. "Clemson said they like my highlight tape," Haskins said. "I went there and looked around the weight room and saw the facilities and the offices. They have a really good campus. I liked their campus." Haskins is still putting together a list of what he wants in a school, but he has a few general ideas. "I'm looking for a school I can be comfortable with the staff, get a legit amount of playing time, but distance won't be a problem," he said. "I want to pick a school I feel comfortable at, and where the coaches can tell me the truth."
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