ORLANDO, Fla. — Despite his commitment to Maryland, 4-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins isn’t off the market anymore.
The Terrapins’ coaching change has opened the door for other schools to pursue the Under Armour All-American from Potomac (Md.) Bullis School.
“Everyone wants to go through their options,” Haskins told SEC Country. “I’m going to go through my options. There’s a new coach (at Maryland), so I’m making sure I’m doing the right thing for me.”
Haskins has already taken official visits to Florida and Ohio State. He said he’s trying to get comfortable with the Buckeyes, while the Gators might be the biggest threat to Maryland.
UF coach Jim McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier have recruited Haskins for more than a year.
“Florida is definitely one of the schools I’m interested in,” said Haskins, who has visited Gainesville three times. “I’m still committed to Maryland, but I’m weighing my options and talking to coach Mac.
“I talk to him every week. He said he needs a quarterback to come in and play and dominate the SEC. Coach Nuss says the same thing. He wants me to come, too.”
UF already has two quarterbacks signed for 2016 in early enrollees Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask. Haskins said they won’t deter him from the Gators.
“I don’t really care too much about competition,” Haskins said, who played on the same 7v7 team as Franks at the Elite 11. “You’re going to have quarterbacks wherever you go. I think I could play at any school, so I’m not too worried about that.”
What could potentially help Florida’s chances is the transfer of former starting quarterback Will Grier. His situation had the attention of Haskins.
“We were trying to figure that out with coach Mac and Nussmeier. When it went public, it was interesting,” Haskins said of the Grier news.
“I already had an idea that he wouldn’t be returning. I was talking to the guys on the visit and he hadn’t been around since he got suspended, so I didn’t think he would be back anyway.”
The 6-foot-3, 198-pound signal caller has spoken to new Maryland coach D.J. Durkin a few times since he took over the Terrapins.
“I thought he was a good hire,” Haskins said of Durkin. “I didn’t really know too much about him. I know he coached at Michigan, coached at Florida. He’s a defensive guy. I met him once, and he’s a really cool dude.”
LSU and Texas A&M are the other schools Haskins is considering, but he’s yet to visit either one and doesn’t know if he will in January. Haskins said he wants to receive in-home visits from Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin and Tigers coach Les Miles to see how serious they are about him.
Maryland is the only trip Haskins knows he’ll take next month.
“All the schools I’m interested in need a quarterback,” Haskins said, “so at the end of the day it’s just where I feel most comfortable.”