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Ohio State's Next Star

Dwayne Haskins looks to take the college football world by storm in the 2018 season
Dwayne Haskins looks to take the college football world by storm in the 2018 season

With J.T. Barrett graduating and leaving Ohio State after a memorable career that featured many ups and downs, the Buckeyes will have a new QB under center this fall. Dwayne Haskins will be that guy. Joe Burrow who was also competing for the starting job just announced he'll be transferring, and that is great news if you are a Dwayne Haskins fan. I will be stunned if Dwayne Haskins isn't starting on the first of September at home against Oregon State.

So… Who is Dwayne Haskins? The 6'3”, 215 pound QB from Maryland was a top 100 recruit in the 2016 class and was actually committed to Maryland before flipping to Ohio State a few days before signing day. Way back in 2008, Dwayne Haskins was visiting Ohio State and as a 10 year old wearing a #7 Buckeyes jersey he said “I'm going to college here.” It's crazy to see this come full circle as he currently wears #7 for Ohio State. In high school he simply threw for 3,974 yards, 45 TDs, completing about 60% of his passes. In his first two years at Ohio State he redshirted as a freshman and saw minimal time as a backup to J.T. Barrett this past season. He played in 8 games as he threw for 565 yards, 4 touchdowns, completed 70.2% of his passes, and threw one interception.

Haskins has very good arm strength, is very accurate, can make throws in tight windows, and shows great poise in the pocket. Although he's a pocket passer he's quick enough to scramble every once in awhile and escape the grasp of defenders. His receiving core consists of Johnnie Dixon, Parris Campbell, K.J. Hill, Binjimen Victor, and Austin Mack. All five of these WRs return from last years team and they accumulated for 161 catches, 2,247 receiving yards, and 23 receiving touchdowns last season. Look out for Haskins to throw some dots in the red zone to the 6'4” Binjimen Victor, and to hit the speedy Parris Campbell perfectly in stride on deep balls.

We'll get a good look at Dwayne Haskins against good opponents early this year as he'll face TCU at AT&T Stadium and Penn State in Happy Valley. Both of these games come in September and two good performances will put Dwayne on the map. I truly believe Dwayne Haskins will become a household name this year and assert himself as a potential 1st round draft pick in the 2019 draft. Trust me on this one, Dwayne Haskins will set the college football world on fire this fall and you'll become a huge fan of his.