11W Community Interview: Class of 2016 Quarterback Dwayne Haskins

By Mike Rockstedt on August 22, 2014 at 2:45p

The 11W Community Interview is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people. You submit the questions, vote on them, and then we pass the top ones on to the biggest names in the world of Ohio State athletics.

The community interview has always been one of the more popular recruiting features on this site. With so much double talk in recruiting, it's refreshing to have a forum to ask Ohio State commits questions and get straight answers. This time, the interview branches out to a Buckeye target, who in the midst of the recruiting process, took time to answer your questions.

Four-star pro-style quarterback prospect Dwayne Haskins is one of the best at his position in the class of 2016 and holds offers from Ohio State, Maryland, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, Texas, Texas A&M—you name it. The Potomac, Md., native – who currently lists Ohio State as his leader – is here to answer questions about his recruitment. Let's get to it.

What are you looking for in a school? Which schools stand out and what do you like most about each? - Killer Nuts

DH: I'm looking for a school similar to my high school: high standards when it comes to academics, teachers that support you and have your best interest [at heart]. Coaches that push you and utilize you for the best of the team. For right now I don't have a list or favorites. I'm still doing my research and I'm very much interested in a lot of schools. I can't wait to get know these people together and make the best decision for me.

How often do you find that coaches spend their time with you negatively recruiting their competitors, as opposed to selling their own program? - Hodge

DH: I don't find myself in that situation at all. If I do, it shows the character of the coach or recruiter. You're supposed to sell your school, not bash others in the process.

Which is more important to you when looking at a potential position coach: your relationship with the coach, or the results he gets in preparing you for the next level? Would you rather have a mean-as-a-rattlesnake coach who you knew would prepare you for the pros, or trade that certainty for a position coach you have a more amicable relationship with? - Grande Gustavo

DH: As a quarterback, I want a coach that has a good track history with QBs. A track history shows the coach's development and his ability to get me better for the 4 years I help the school win national championships. A coach that pushes you, teaches you and prepared you for the next level to help me reach my potential.

How does the interest of other high-caliber quarterbacks affect your view of teams and also your decision timeline? Specifically, do you feel ever feel pressure to commit to a certain school earlier than you'd like? Is that something you even pay attention too? - Bucks15

DH: It doesn't matter to me much about what other quarterbacks feel about other schools. I'll commit when I'm ready. That school will get a winner and a team player that wants to distribute the ball to others.

With the advent of social media, it's easy for athletes like yourself to reach out and connect with other highly touted recruits. Do you embrace it and if so, who specifically do you keep tabs on? - KBonay

DH: It helps a lot knowing that kids have the same offers as yourself. Even before this process started my USA teammates like Robert Washington, Moe Neal, Jared Mayden, Eli Johnson, Shane Simmons and Jonathan Pollock had a dream to play with each other when we all develop. Hence the Dream Team 16 name.

What are your strengths and weaknesses? What do you need to work on the most to get to that next level? - OSUBucks57

DH: I don't really analyze my game as a strength or weakness. I can get better at all aspects of my game. I have a lot more work to do to reach my goals.


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rkylet83's picture

Looks a lot like Jameis Winston to me.  

grantmeaname's picture

I'm starting to see the resemblance

+3 HS
Killer nuts's picture

Come join the good guys

+1 HS
WezBuck28's picture

Who would we accept a commitment from first, Haskins, Gibson, or both? With only being one class separating the two, I doubt they want to compete against each other for pt..

mh277907's picture

If they don't want to come here and compete, them I am fine with not taking either of them. I am assuming both of them don't mind competition.


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Nutty's picture

I understand not fearing competition on one level BUT if I'm the #1 QB in the country and the #2 QB commits to a school I take notice. I could go to another school who offers the same chance to go the NFL and have less competition. Not being a pussy but making a smart business decision. It is all about opportunity. No glory in being the best backup when it comes to the NFL draft, and one of you would be. I know everyone values the "I'm not afraid of competition" talk but it just isn't always the best decision unless you have emotional connections to a school. I would want the best opportunity to play and show my skills while still being at a school that provided exposure. Maybe I'm a wimp but I would totally understand a high school kid making that decision.

+4 HS
WezBuck28's picture

Kinda what I was trying to say, thank you sir!

+2 HS
toad1204's picture

Good stuff Rock, great new feature to 11W.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

HighBallAce's picture

If this one ends up at Ohio State....he's going to be special!

+1 HS

Interesting - so his throwing motion and arc on throws remind me a lot of TP.  He's got the physical specs, and I'm wondering what Urbs is seeing in wanting a pro-style QB, but hey, if Urbs is wanting this cat, then let's go!

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

kiester's picture

Urbz did 'okay' with a pro style QB named Alex Smith. 

BuckeyesMJ's picture

Really nice touch on his passes. Reminds me a lil bit of Byron Leftwich.

Poison nuts's picture

Solid questions from everyone & solid answers from Haskins. Right on.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Boo-the-blue's picture

He throws spot on balls... I just like TG more because he's able to extend a play. When you have a duel threat QB I feel it really makes the defense think.

Bucksfan70's picture

anyone know his range throwing the ball downfield?

is it at least 50+?

“Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't.” - Jerry Rice

tracyre's picture

He already sounds like a focused kid. Great trait for leader...which came through too.

whiskeyjuice's picture

Also seems like he has a good head on his shoulders

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

buckeyephaninphilly's picture

hey nice article buddy! i love it..my favorite part is where it starts and how it finishes. he better be coming to Columbus! aka the holy grail of college football!


-1 HS