Former Bullis quarterback Dwayne Haskins has announced that he’s leaving Ohio State University for greener pastures.
Haskins, who earned All-Sentinel honors during his tenure at the Potomac private school, is ready to earn an NFL paycheck.
The Ohio State sophomore signal-caller released a statement via his Twitter account @dh_simba7 earlier this week.
“Buckeye Nation, I would like to thank you for everything,” Haskins wrote on Monday. “You have made this experience a blessing. As a young kid, I had dreams of playing at The Ohio State since the age of 10 years old. God has blessed me with an opportunity to go achieve another dream. The NFL. After many thoughts and prayers with family and close friends. I have decided to declare for the 2019 NFL draft. To my coaches, teammates and friends that I’ve made at this prestigious university, THANK YOU! To Buckeye Nation, what an unbelievable experience. I love this university and will support it for the rest of my life.”
Haskins, who is projected to be a first round pick, finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting and was named Most Valuable Player of the Rose Bowl.
He was phenomenal in his first season as a starter leading the Ohio State offense and according to the Big Ten Network statisticians, Haskins was the first Big Ten quarterback in history to have three games with at least five touchdown passes in one season.
During his sophomore campaign at Ohio State, Haskins set numerous Big Ten and school records. He was selected Big Ten Player of the Week four times last season and became a household name.
Haskins was sensational in Ohio State’s 45-24 win over Northwestern in the Big Ten championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. The super sophomore threw for nearly 500 yards and tossed five touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes to victory.
Haskins was Ohio State’s first Heisman Trophy finalist in 12 years and was the school’s fifth since 1982. Keith Byars, Eddie George and Orlando Pace were also finalists and George won the award in 1995.
“Thank you for the opportunity,” Haskins tweeted last month prior to the Heisman Trophy ceremony. “No matter what god is good!”
During his career at Bullis, Haskins passed for more than 5,300 yards and 54 touchdowns. He was mentored by former NFL cornerback Shawn Springs who was a two-way standout during his playing days at Springbrook.
Springs, the son of the late former Dallas Cowboys running back Ron Springs, was also a standout during his collegiate career at Ohio State.
Springs, a former Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, was the third overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft and Haskins, who was named Big Ten Player of the Year, hopes to follow in his footsteps.
Of course, Haskins had other advisers including Bullis head coach Pat Cilento, assistant coach Ray Butler and strength and conditioning coach Al Kallay.
“He’s a workhorse, he would spend hours throwing the football,” said Kallay. “He would get a group of wide receivers from all different high schools to run routes for him.”
As a high school junior, Haskins made a pledge to attend the University of Maryland but would later switch his commitment to Ohio State.
The New Jersey native is likely to be drafted by the New York Giants who hold the No. 6 pick. That would be a dream come true for a kid who is only beginning to scratch the surface of his vast potential.