Two of Maryland's top recruits sent shock waves through the state of Maryland today, when both de-commited from the University of Maryland and announced that they will instead play their college ball at The Ohio State University.
Quarterback, Dwayne Haskins and linebacker Keandre Jones will be head to Columbus Ohio together, and more than likely become roommates while on campus
Of course, their choice does not sit well with the Terps fans and proponents of “The Movement”, which Haksins was the poster boy for. “The Movement” was designed by the in-state recruits, such as Haksins and Jones, to help entice other high-profile Maryland recruits to stay home and attend college park.
Now that “The Movement” is losing two of the top dogs, the fans are no longer fans of them, which is understandable. Some may feel betrayed or even bamboozled but one must also remember; these are 18-year old kids that are making the biggest decision of their life. These two blue-chippers made a decision that they felt was best for them, and all one can do is respect that. Being upset that they will no longer attend the school you are a fan of is fine but do not pray on their downfall or wish them failure.
Haskins and Jones choosing the Buckeyes is not a bad decision, especially for Haskins. Haskins will have the opportunity to work with Urban Meyer, one of the best quarterback coaches in the history of college football. The Buckeyes showed interest in Haskins early on in his recruitment but fell out of the race. Once Haskins announce that he will take more recruiting trips in the final weeks before Signing Day, the Buckeyes became a contender again.
Jones flipping to Ohio State was a major surprise. He took a surprise visit to Columbus on January 16th and by Monday, sources announced that he has committed to Ohio State. Jones has yet to make the news public but Haskins posted a picture of him and Jones at the Under Armour All-American Game with the hashtag #BuckeyeNation.
For Maryland, they have lost two All-Americans to a conference foe. Firing Randy Edsall during the season was a major hit for their recruiting, only because it left uncertainty in the coaching staff. Interim head coach and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley didn't win the head coaching job but he was close with the recruits, Haskins being one of them. When the Terps decided to name D.J. Durkin head coach, I made Haskins and Jones reevaluate their options.
Losing Haskins leaves the Terps with no answer for the quarterback position. The Teprs put all their marbles into Haskins with no other recruits as an insurance plan. Currently many of the local players are calling for the Terps to offer Dual-Threat quarterback Ramar Williams, who is the state's top passer. I'm not sure if the Terps are listening but he has some of the top players in the state vouching for him.
All in all, I wish both players the best of luck and congratulate them on their decision.