Dwayne Haskins is Ohio State’s backup quarterback behind J.T. Barrett and might be the Buckeyes signal-caller of the future. Going into Week 4, Haskins has had limited playing time. He’s 4-for-4 for 46 yards passing.
Who is Dwayne Haskins? 5 things to know
1. Dwayne Haskins won Ohio State’s backup job this year.
Haskins was one of three quarterbacks to compete for the Buckeyes’ backup job behind J.T. Barrett leading up to the 2017 season — and Haskins won. He took the second-string spot after Joe Burrow broke a bone in his throwing hand toward the end of training camp. Haskins became the backup quarterback over true freshman Tate Martell. Haskins redshirted in 2016 as a true freshman, but he could see his first game action in 2017 if Ohio State gets a big lead or Barrett gets hurt.
2. Dwayne Haskins has a strong arm.
Haskins might remind some Ohio State fans of Cardale Jones. Haskins, at 6-foot-3, 214 pounds, is a bit smaller than Jones but he has an arm like a cannon. Expect the deep ball to be part of his repertoire whenever he sees playing time for the Buckeyes.
“He has the kind of mentality almost like Cardale,” Barrett said of Haskins. “His arm can take him places, but then also he can get in some tight spots as well. I think when he’s set up to throw the ball and he’s in rhythm, he can rip it.”
3. Dwayne Haskins was heavily recruited in the 2016 class.
Haskins was one of Urban Meyer’s prized recruits in the 2016 class. A 4-star prospect from Potomac, Md., Haskins was rated as the No. 7 pro-style quarterback and the No. 93 overall prospect in the 2016 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Haskins committed to the Buckeyes on Jan. 18, 2016, flipping his commitment to Ohio State from Maryland. He also had interest from Penn State, LSU and others.
“I took my time, Maryland was the school for me at that time. I appreciate Maryland, but the opportunity was better for me at Ohio State,” Haskins told USA Today a few days after his commitment.
4. Dwayne Haskins always knew he’d be a Buckeye.
Haskins’ commitment did not come until a few days before National Signing Day in 2016 — but there were indications he’d pick the scarlet and gray when he was just 9 years old. This spring, Ohio State tweeted out clips from a home video featuring Haskins touring the Buckeyes’ facilities on May 19, 2008. “I want to go to college here,” a 9-year-old Haskins says while wearing an Ohio State jersey.
⏪ to today 9⃣ years ago & you predicted the future 🔮 pic.twitter.com/SuQ5vKZVEE
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) May 17, 2017
5. Ohio State used Dwayne Haskins to mimic Deshaun Watson before the Fiesta Bowl.
Haskins has such a great skill set that the Buckeyes used him to prepare for one of the top quarterbacks in the country at the end of last season. Haskins was used as the scout team’s version of Deshaun Watson before Ohio State faced Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl last season. And Haskins impressed.
“My mindset on bowl practices were to just attack every day, to get ready for spring,” Haskins told Land of 10. “Coach Meyer told me to have a great bowl prep and I had it in my head that I was already going to do so. It was a great opportunity to showcase my skill set because I believe me and Deshaun Watson play very similar. I had gone to a few camps and he was my counselor, so I was pretty familiar with him. The magnitude of this game and the time spent getting the defense players ready, I knew that I could showcase my development to the team and coaches so that when it’s my turn they have already seen my talent.”