Recruiting Notebook: Dwayne Haskins Emerges for '16, Hilliard Works Torrance Gibson

By Jordan Wagner on July 14, 2014 at 2:57p

The NCAA-imposed recruiting dead period has passed, so prospects can now return to taking unofficial visits to their top schools.

One of Ohio State's top targets, four-star wide receiver Van Jefferson, is expected to make an unofficial visit to Ohio State on Wednesday. This visit is crucial as Tennessee has made a strong push for his commitment.

2016 four-star linebacker Brendan Ferns is also expected to make a visit to Ohio State on Wednesday. The Ohio native is expected to be one of the Buckeyes' top priorities at linebacker. He has already received an offer.

This weekend, five-star junior wide receiver Nate Craig is expected to visit. It's an important visit for Ohio State since the Tampa native named the Buckeyes his early favorite.

Now, let's get to the rest of the recruiting notebook.

The Latest on Gibson

Yesterday, five-star athlete Torrance Gibson tweeted out his plans to make a commitment on Oct. 20. Tennessee, Auburn, LSU, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Miami (FL) and UCF were the final seven schools that Gibson listed in late May.

While the Buckeyes were once considered the favorite to sign Gibson, it appears that contact has faded. Last month, Eleven Warriors Jeremy Birmingham wrote more about Gibson's situation with Ohio State.

Gibson has not taken an unofficial visit to Ohio State. There has been some talk that the five-star athlete could visit Columbus this summer, but no date has been set up.

Although the coaching staff has invested less time recruiting Gibson lately, a few of Ohio State's commitments have been openly recruiting the Florida native. Buckeye commit Tyler Green spent time with Gibson at The Opening, and Justin Hilliard took to Twitter.

In the first of a three-tweet series, Hilliard sent out a picture of Gibson in an Ohio State uniform. He pointed out past QBs like Tim Tebow, Cam Newton and Braxton Miller, hammering home the talking point of Meyer developing capable quarterbacks.

Ohio State appears to be content with taking only one quarterback in this class, and they already have a commitment from three-star quarterback Joe Burrow. While he is considered to be one of the top dual threat quarterbacks, Gibson's rare size and athleticism could better suite him to play wide receiver.

At The Opening, Gibson took some reps at receiver and impressed; on a sprained ankle, the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder ran a 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds. Even so, Gibson has his heart set on playing under center at the college level.

Of Gibson's final seven schools, only Oklahoma does not currently have a quarterback committed in their 2015 recruiting class. The crystal ball reads 42% Auburn, 35% Tennessee, 10% Ohio State, 8% foggy and 5% Miami (FL).

If Gibson makes a visit to Columbus, the situation will get more interesting. Until then the chances of him ending up in scarlet and gray are slim to none.

Dwayne Haskins, Future Class Leader?

Four-star junior signal caller Dwayne Haskins hasn't been shy about his interest in the Buckeyes. He noted that they were his dream school after they offered him a scholarship, and he is currently OSU's top target at quarterback in 2016.

Haskins, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound pro-style quarterback from Maryland, is the third-rated QB in his class according to 247Sports composite rankings. He visited Columbus on June 14 and left impressed.

Ohio State commitment Tyler Green, also a Marylander, has been actively recruiting players like Haskins since committing. The two have had some conversations on Twitter about who can bring the most commitments with them.

The Buckeyes currently lead on the crystal ball with 100% of the predictions. If Haskins remains this active, he could be one of those class leaders in 2016.

While Haskins has mentioned no decision date or time frame, many schools push to land a quarterback early in the recruiting cycle to help build their recruiting classes.

Haskins' offer list includes at least 23 programs, including Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL), Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.


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FitzBuck's picture

Haskins and Ferns come on down....these two committing early and recruiting for 2016 is all I'm hoping for this summer.  

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305Buck's picture

Haskins also seems to be forming a friendship with Nate Craig, and he stated a couple months ago that Cameron Chambers was a guy he wants to play with at the next level, two WRs who are high on Ohio State. Stefon Diggs little brother Trevon Diggs also stated that he wants to play with Haskins at the next level.

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Trevon Diggs

Hopefully this is another case of the younger brother being the better of the two.

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rosenbuck's picture

If he's better than  Too bad we can't have both.

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bigbadbuck's picture

ala Missigan State vs  Missagain?

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I was thinking Jaylon and Rod Jones.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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BTwrestle04's picture

errrrr..... you mean Smith right?

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Poison nuts's picture

He did that one on purpose - trust me!

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Knarcisi's picture

Nope, Beth said it was Jones. 

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BroJim's picture

Im indifferent on the Gibson situation. Thanks for the update!

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rosenbuck's picture

Man, I love this site.  I knew nothing about Tyler Green just a few weeks ago and now I already can't wait to see him in a Buckeye uniform.  It's a good time to be a Buckeye.

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cKnecht's picture

The more I keep seeing Green's name pop up, the more I find myself getting excited about him. He seems to have a true passion for Ohio State, along with a nice big chip on his shoulder. Can't wait to see this kid on campus.

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toad1204's picture

Has Haskins discussed a time table for a commitment?

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Nicholas Jervey's picture

No, he has not. That bit of info is tucked into the next-to-last paragraph.

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PittBuckeye's picture

No way anyone makes it that far. Something shiny would have caught their eye well before then. 

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MN Buckeye's picture

The current commits are doing a great job already!

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

No doubt. Love to hear/see commits recruiting other kids...I think that makes all the difference in the world. 

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MikeEagleBuckeye's picture

So let me get this straight... Haskins is telling Green he can bring more recruits to Ohio State than he can?  Geez it's not even a question that he's all buckeye in that case!

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Sims_tOSU's picture

If you read the comments to the first twitter post by Hilliard it's almost sad how bad the Tennessee fans are desperate that even when Torrance is mentioned in a post they freak out. 

hit_the_couch's picture

Is this Ferns the brother or relative of the Mike Ferns that committed to um last year? If so, that would be interesting if he comes to tOSU.

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TCOB_6's picture

Yes Brendan Ferns is the younger brother to recent TTUN commit Michael Ferns. Brendan is a huge Buckeye fan.

45buckshot's picture

Not to dampen the enthusiasm, but why are we recruiting a pocket Qb?

I'm sure UM3 does has a plan… and he did win a NT with Chris Leak. But it seems to me our offense hinges on the Qb being able to run… ?

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Patriot4098's picture

2 Words: Alex Smith ;)

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buckeyeradar's picture

We have a quarterback who can run.  The coaching staff doesn't want him to run so I really don't have a clue what they want.  We have backs, receivers and an offensive line that is going to be super.  I think they want a Qb that will fit with most of their talent.  I don't have a clue.

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ronbizi's picture

I don't know why, but this statement made me chuckle.   I like how you wrote about the thought process that you initially went through, then the brutal honesty of "I don't have a clue."  Lol, upvote for that. 

whiskeyjuice's picture

The coaches like the QB having the ability to run and want to use that as part of the offense, sprinkled in every once in awhile to keep the defense guessing. Also, to improvise when needed i.e; being forced out the pocket by the defense. The coaches don't want the main production of rush yards to the QB for a couple of reasons. The chances of getting inured are increased. In addition, the defense start adjusting and keying in on the QB. This has been the case quite a few times (mostly in 2012) and has made for some close games. 

If you watch the games over from the last couple years, you will notice that Urban/Herman add more plays and dimensions to the offense throughout the year. They want to attack teams from every way possible. They want to rush in-between the tackles, sweeps, mis-directions, counters, option, RB screens, WR screens, passes to the flat, play action, etc. etc. 

With all that said, the idea is to have the defense worry about all of those different attacks and weapons and then "WHAMMY" some type of designed QB run. 

I think that because of Urb's recent recruits, the pieces to the puzzle are coming together. As mentioned by too many media outlets to name them all, if the new/young O-line can mature and perform effectively, Urban and Herman are going to be feeling like it's X-mas every Saturday this year.

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Buckeye Rocket Sci's picture

As has been mentioned, Alex Smith (along with Chris Leak) is considered to be the prototypical QB that Meyer wants: one that can and will throw first, but has the athleticism to escape for a gain if needed. 

In our current offense, it seems like it is much more predicated upon a running QB only because Meyer is often perfers putting the ball in the hands of who he thinks is his best player (Miller) and does so using his best abilities (running, rather than passing). This can be seen last year when Kenny G. was playing, and all of a sudden it wasn't as necessary for the QB to run, though he did make some great breaks.

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CGroverL's picture

TTUN has only itself to blame. They took a proven winner at head coach and traded him in for a man with an overall record of just 2 games under .500. Along with his sterling record comes zero conference championships in 8 years along with his biggest win being when he sort of led his San Diego State team to a victory over Navy in the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl. Right now, Hoke's record is 73-63 and he has Rich Rod to thank for that as he played the 2011 season with RichRod's players...ever since, it has been a long downhill slide.

I wouldn't be surprised if Appalachian State win in their first game of the season this season. If you look at the strength of their squad, his top 10 recruiting classes have sunk a bit. As good as his recruiting classes have been, he should have a top 20 team easily. In my opinion, they will be near .500 in the Big Ten.

Why would they ever hire that "Michelin Man"? I think this may be his last season in AA...and M*ch*gan may have finally done themselves in. Think about it: They are not thought of very seriously as a nationwide threat or even as a Big Ten threat. Throw in that their last FULL National Title was in what....1948? This last decade or so has really made it where they are known just as the team with "The Big House". I understand that having your birthplace being in Dayton, OHIO may make your resume look better, but the M*ch*gan brass obviously didn't read much more into his resume than that. Suddenly, being the head coach in AA isn't as appetizing as it used to be. Any coach that goes there may always have it in the back of his mind that he has at least 3 years of extremely hard work before true progress begins.

I think our biggest rival has bitten off more than they can chew and are seriously choking. And as to the attendance figures, I'd rather see more done to make the 'Shoe a neater, nicer, and MAJESTIC place to play, than worry about beating TTUN on attendance figures. Having a few thousand more people per game still will make them nowhere close to The Ohio State University in football.

"I hope they're last in everything". One of Meyer's comments when speaking of TTUN after being hired at Ohio State.



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OSUBias's picture

Congrats on the "random comment placement of the day" award

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exnwohiobuckfan's picture

This would be an excellent place to use the Billy Madison bit. I'm on my phone so I can't

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Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I've ever heard. At no point during your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that can be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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DaveStephens's picture

The schnozberries taste like schnozberries.

The Dude abides.

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s.pasadena fl's picture

Living in Florida for many years has allowed me to watch a lot of outstanding football players. The best  high school athlete I have ever seen was Dion Sanders. That is until now. Torence Gibson is now at the top of my list! Gentleman if you ever get a chance to see him play DO IT!  If Meyer can pull this one off it would be the jewel of the class. I'm going to make a prediction Meyer gets him at OSU. After red shirt a potential four year starter!   Thank you.

Ed Hopper

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MikeTheBuckeye's picture

A pro-style QB? I bet this alone will make many, many fans giddy. Myself included. Is there a highlight tape for Haskins out there somewhere?

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MikeTheBuckeye's picture

Thanks for the link. I like his reads and how fast he delivers the ball.

NuttyBuckeye's picture

Holy crap!  This young man has a very accurate arm while throwing on the run.  I would love to see him in Scarlet and Gray!

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cinserious's picture

What the hell? Phones are for making phone calls. How are you doing that? Magic. 


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robobuck's picture

Totally agree! I've thought for a while that the Meyer Herman offense will reach its zenith with a QB that can throw as well as Miller can run and run as well as Miller can throw. This is NOT a knock on Miller. He will always be one of my favorite Buckeye players ever. That said, with all the weapons begging for the ball, who can argue with someone who can pick apart a defense, throw guys open and generally sling.the rock? Just my two cents, but I'll be crying.when Miller leaves. Hope he leave with some hardware and goes in the first round!

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

Yes, I thought TG was all but written off. I think it was our 10* day that got him interested again. Glad to see our current recruits going to work to bring in more!!


Bucksfan70's picture

glad to see we are finally recruiting a QB (haskins) who throws instead of runs.

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chirobuck's picture

I honestly don't know anything about him but when the words pro style were after his name I about did a back flip


^ best post ever ^

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irishfury's picture

Man I saw the Haskins image thought he committed was ready to do happy dance.  

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chirobuck's picture

Good lord....the 2016 class has the potential to be legendary


^ best post ever ^

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apack614's picture

Don't forget about the 2017's QB Danny Clark I went to the Massilon vs. Mckinley game last year he was amazing (as a freshmen) I might add we have no short of absolute stars on their way for years to come

I can't wait to poop in the PL bathroom.

SGTREDLEG's picture

Nice touch and accuracy on short passes, but not really seeing arm strength.  Not down grading his play.  Just not seeing any throws on a rope.


s.pasadena fl's picture

Leaving tomorrow for our summer home in Vermilion Ohio. Plan on watching a lot of Massillon football because of the outstanding Soph. QB.I hear he is the real deal.

Ed Hopper

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