Four-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins of Potomac (Md.) The Bullis School used Monday’s holiday to spend a few hours at Rutgers, and now is ready to move deep into his recruitment as he looks to make a decision in the next two months.
He has been to the New Jersey campus several times, and also has been to Maryland on several occasions, but he is now thinking about the big picture. And that should bring a lot of visits in the coming months.
It is also hard to narrow an extensive offer list when seemingly every other day another offer from a Top 20 program is extended. Because of that, and the difficulty of traveling to so many far-off campuses, Haskins said he is not ready to announce a trimmed list.
“It’s hard when you have a lot of options,” Haskins said. “It’s hard, period, to be able to pick a school and trust the coaching staff and say these guys are going to probably be your parents for the next four years. It takes a lot, especially when you have a lot of people coming at you. It takes a lot of time and preparation to pick a college. Some people might not understand that, but that’s probably the biggest thing.
“Those are basically schools I grew up watching, so I want to go out and visit there. It’s mind-boggling to have all these opportunities. I want to make sure I look into it and not just say thank you and not get back in touch with the coaches.
“I want to visit and see what UCLA is like, and see what Arizona is like, and how they do things at Oklahoma and Alabama, different cultures, and make sure I made the right decision and not just pick a school because it’s closer to me.”
Haskins’ trip Monday finished a long weekend in New Jersey, where he is originally from. He moved from Piscataway, where Rutgers is located, to Maryland during his freshman year of high school but he remains close with a number of people in the Garden State.
In fact, he spent Saturday working out with his former Pop Warner coach, Mohamed Sanu, who played at Rutgers and is now with the Cincinnati Bengals. The weekend concluded with meetings with Rutgers offensive coordinator Ben McDaniels, whose brother, Josh, is the New England Patriots offensive coordinator, and coach Kyle Flood.
“I sat down with coach McDaniels and we talked a little bit, and we watched a little bit of the Super Bowl, and all that good stuff,” Haskins said. “I think it’s pretty cool to be able to sit down and, especially an offensive coordinator, to be able to talk football with him. He knows what he is talking about.
“It’s hard to go over it and talk football over the phone. You can’t see it. It’s good for someone to be able to express their intelligence (in person) instead of over twitter messaging. So, I think it was helpful.”
Haskins also met with Flood.
“I sat down with Flood and I sat down with McDaniels,” Haskins said. “I toured the campus with (recruiting assistant) coach (E.J.) Barthel and (assistant) coach (Phil) Galiano. It’s a nice campus. As a kid we used to drive around it but I didn’t know any better. Now that I pay attention to it, it’s really cool.”
Haskins said all the trips he made, or will make, are for one reason.
“When I visit schools, I want to get a better relationship with the coaches,” Haskins said. “Coach Flood told me today offensive coordinators might leave, and don’t let a coach tell you they’re going to be there for all four years because that might not happen.
“When I commit, I want to make sure I commit to a school, and not just the offensive coordinator, or to the head coach, because that is the heat of the moment right now.”
And when does Haskins plan on deciding?
“I’m going to have to be a little quicker with my decision to get out to some other schools,” Haskins said. “I don’t have a lot of time to, and that’s the main thing.
“I want to be committed by the latest mid April, and the earliest late March.”