Haskins received a visit from Rutgers this week but already has scholarship opportunities at the FCS level.
“The way they pitched it to me, Paul James was a walk-on,” Haskins said. “Gary Brackett was a walk-on. Good things will come out of it. It’s about what you put in. It’s not necessarily what I thought about for my football career, to be frank, but it’s definitely an option I’ll consider. I have to speak to my parents about it thoroughly, but my coach thinks it’s a good option.”
The 6-foot-3 Haskins holds a scholarship offer from Stetson, and interest from Wagner with official visits set to both schools in January.
“It’s refreshing to know that all of the work I put in over the last four years meant something,” Haskins said. “It’s definitely refreshing.”
The decision for Haskins comes down to a free ride vs. Big Ten football.
“It’s Big Ten football,” Haskins said. “I love that. It’s a great opportunity I would have education-wise. They’re very competitive academically and can give me the best of both worlds.
“The main reason they didn’t offer me is they said they don’t know where I’d end up. Can I put on weight to be a safety or linebacker in the box or a tight end that’s split. I want to play receiver.”
Haskins is the older brother of 2016 athlete Jovanni Haskins, who holds a Rutgers verbal scholarship offer. The brothers discussed the chance to play together in college, but are not married to it.
“That would be a dream come true for us and for my mom for us to all go to the same school,” D.J. Haskins said. “If it doesn’t happen it’s not meant to be, but we definitely talk about it. If it comes true, that would be nice.”
Haskins caught 45 balls for 816 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior for Bergenfield. He added 92 tackles and two interceptions on the defensive side.
“I’m someone who understands how to get open,” Haskins said. “I’m going to catch anything that’s even close to me.”