Born: May 3, 1997
Town: Highland Park
Dwayne Haskins Jr. was born May 3, 1997 in Highland Park. Big and fast with a powerful arm, he gravitated to football and was a huge fan of the New York Giants and their quarterback, Eli Manning. Dwayne began his high school football career at the Bullis School in Potomac after his family moved to Maryland in 2011. He lit it up as a sophomore, emerging as a national-caliber recruit by his junior season for the Bulldogs. He led the team to conference titles three straight years and was named first-team All-Maryland as a senior after throwing for 20 scores and 2,200 yards.
Dwayne graduated with 54 TD passes and 5,308 passing yards. Heavily recruited as a junior and senior, he initially picked Maryland over Rutgers, but then opted for Ohio State when the Terrapins fired their coach. Former Buckeye and Redskin Shawn Springs, who had been instrumental in getting the family to move south, also talked him into switching schools.
By the time Dwayne started his freshman season he stood 6’3” and weight 220 pounds. He red-shirted 2016 and sat for a year behind starter J.T. Barrett in 2017, throwing just 57 passes. As a sophomore in 2018, Dwayne seized the starting job and put up record-smashing numbers. He threw for over 300 yards in 8 of the team’s 12 games, and added a 499-yard day with 5 TDs in the Big Ten Championship win over Northwestern. In all, Dwayne completed 70 percent of his 533 passes for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns, becoming just the sixth Division I player to throw for 50 scores. Both numbers set conference records. He was one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy.
The Buckeyes went 13–1 and beat Washington 28–23 in the Rose Bowl. The lone loss was a stunning 49–20 upset by Purdue, in which the Buckeye defense allowed four 4th quarter touchdowns to the Boilermakers. After the Rose Bowl, Dwayne declared for the NFL Draft, and will likely be the first quarterback taken—possibly as an understudy to his hero, Manning.