Haskins Still Likes UMD, Plus Scouting Report

POTOMAC, Md. -- Here is an update and a scouting report of Bullis (Potomac, Md.) class of 2016 quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

POTOMAC, Md. -- After lightning delayed the Sept. 6 matchup between Bullis (Potomac, Md.) and Mount St. Joseph (Baltimore, Md.), the two teams made up the game Sept. 8 at the D.C.-area school. In an intense battle, MSJ ended up prevailing over Bullis, 20-14.

Bullis, of course, features several Division I prospects, though one clear Terps target: class of 2016 quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who claims almost 30 verbal offers. During the Sept. 8 bout, he completed 24-of-39 passes for 225 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

While Haskins is an up-and-coming signal caller, he won't be an easy pull for Maryland, but the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder does have the Terps under solid consideration.

See what Haskins had to say in the video below. In addition, check out his scouting report as well.

Scouting Report

Poise. Dwayne Haskins shows impeccable poise for a junior quarterback, coolly standing in the pocket and delivering strikes, deftly sliding up to avoid an incoming rush end, and improvising when a play breaks down. He has a swagger to him, and it’s quite clear watching his body language -- and that of his teammates -- that he owns the huddle. It’s Haskins’ show, and everyone on the Bullis side seems to know it … and they trust him to get the job done. Physical attributes can be evaluated on film, but what impressed me the most about Haskins was how he led the offense and commanded attention.

And, yes, he has plenty of tools. Physically, Haskins is maybe a shade under 6-3, 185 pounds, so height isn’t going to be an issue for him at the next level. Operating primarily out of the shotgun, Haskins showed the rare ability to run an up-tempo spread, something not seen often at the high school level. He executed play-action, looked off receivers, pump-faked to get a safety to bite, and even scrambled to buy time for his wideouts to come open. On one particularly impressive play, he sensed the cornerback would bite and redirected his receiver mid-play, sending him on a go-route for a long gain.

Fundamentally, Haskins’ feet rarely cross when dropping back, and he shifts well in the pocket, demonstrating he can sidestep defenders or step up. Haskins’ field awareness and football IQ are advanced for a quarterback his age, evidenced by his ability to feel/sense pressure (in other words, he has that inherent internal clock all good quarterbacks need to succeed). To boot, he excels at selling the play-action fake, identifying mismatches and hitting his receiver downfield. But he does some of his best work on designed roll-outs, where he’s developed a knack for spraying short-range bullets, allowing his wideouts to make a play after the catch.

And when a play breaks down, Haskins doesn’t panic. He has enough athleticism and speed to pick up yards with his feet, but it’s obvious he prefers to hang in there, buy time and find an open wideout rather than scramble for a few yards. He’s also big enough to shrug off would-be tacklers before identifying open receivers who settle into holes.

As for his arm, Haskins has above average strength and can make most throws, including out routes and post corners, which require quite a bit of zip to complete. Haskins has a repeatable, three-quarters-to-over-the-top release, and he consistently follows through. This helps his accuracy and timing, which are advanced for a junior triggerman. His motion is smooth and he throws a very catchable ball. His passes travel in tight spirals, but he puts enough touch on them to ensure his receivers have a chance to make a play. Haskins can dial up the fastball when threading a pass deep over the middle, but he’s able to take a few miles off when tossing screens and shorter routes. In fact, it’s those short-area patterns where he excels, putting the ball on the numbers or leading his man so they can rack up yards after the catch.

For Haskins to take his game up another notch, he has to continue working on his progressions and reads. Like many young quarterbacks, he can latch onto his initial hot read without looking off defenders, something he can get away with in high school but perhaps not at the FBS level. And because he does roll-out a good amount, he’s only reading about half the field, making it easier for him to find open wideouts. But in college, with more complicated coverage schemes and more instinctive defensive backs, he’ll have to see the entire field. Haskins also has a tendency to throw off his back foot (or even give a little hop) in the face of pressure, and we’d like to see him consistently step up instead.

Also, while Haskins does get the ball out fairly quickly, once in awhile he drops his elbow and throws sidearm. (In fairness, some of that is improvisation when he’s trying to fit the ball through a window.) When he’s throwing deep, he can be a bit methodical as well, his release becoming a little elongated. Speaking of deep balls, Haskins must continue strengthening his arm as his longer throws weren’t quite as crisp as his short-to-intermediate passes. While his down-the-seam tosses looked like frozen ropes, cutting through the wind, his downfield bombs had a bit too much air under them and tended to flutter.

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