Ohio State Recruiting: Buckeyes Land Dwayne Haskins and Keandre Jones

Ohio State landed two huge commitments to kick start its stretch run in the 2016 recruiting cycle.

Ohio State has its quarterback – and a top linebacker is coming with him.

A nearly two-year process has circled back to where it began as the Buckeyes landed Potomac (Md.) Bullis four-star Dwayne Haskins one of their original top targets who had previously committed to Maryland.

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“Haskins has plus arm strength, makes good pre-snap reads, throws a pretty deep ball, throws well on the move and gave throw into tight windows,” recruiting analyst Brian Dohn wrote in an evaluation. “He is fluid in the way he moves within the pocket, and when need be on short patterns, he gets rid of the ball quickly.”

At the same time, the Buckeyes also landed four-star linebacker Keandre Jones, a product of Olney (Md.) Good Counsel who had also been committed to the Terrapins, also flipped to Ohio State. Jones, a four-star linebacker, had taken a surprise official visit to Columbus the weekend of Jan. 15.

“Jones has the speed to play to the sideline, and he has acceleration to get up the field,” Jones’ evaluation reads. “He blitzes well off the edge, and he plays to the whistle. Jones has the athleticism and length to be effective in pass coverage, but he needs to refine the skill. He can breakdown and make a tackle in the open field, and he has good change of direction.”

The pair of commitments brings Ohio State’s class of 2016 to 21 members, 17 of which are either four- or five-star prospects.


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