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Post by Admin on Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:23 pm

After committing verbally, stars court other prospects
by Paul Myerberg
@PaulMyerberg
USA TODAY Sports

BEAVERTON, ORE. Dwayne Haskins, a four-star quarterback prospect at the Bullis School in Potomac, Md., has been crafting relationship for years, at football camps from middle school through high school, ranging from the East Coast through the southern tip of California. And so it came as no surprise to find more than a dozen college prospects from nearby schools scattered among the crowd at Haskins' commitment announcement in May, each drawn to a local product whose verbal pledge carried significant weight in the Washington area.

Those programs angling for his signature - Maryland, Rutgers, Penn State, Florida - knew the score: Haskins was more than just an impact recruit - he was potentially an impact recruiter. "People-wise, everybody loves him," Bullis coach Pat Cilento said. "They're attracted to him. People want to come play with a guy with this talent." Haskins picked Maryland, attracted to its location and the opportunity to place his stamp on a program entering its second season as a member of the Big Ten Conference. With one choice - and one tweet, shared nearly 1,000 times on Twitter - Haskins didn't merely give Maryland one difference-making prospect; he gave the Terrapins a shot at a handful of others.

"There are guys I've built relationships with," Haskins said. "I feel as though if we play together we can do something special. Especially guys in the area that I'm really close with. If we all went to the same school together we can have the same impact, like people did at Miami (Fla.) in the 1980s." Quarterbacks such as Haskins are committing earlier and earlier all across the highest level of the Football Bowl Subdivision, ending the recruiting process ahead of their senior seasons rather than prolonging the course deep into national signing day. Of the 18 quarterbacks participating in this week's Elite 11 competition in Beaverton, Ore., two have yet to make a verbal commitment.


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