"Get your phone out. For Urban," Springs told Haskins. "You know he's going to want to see it."
The most coveted quarterback in the Washington area this year did as he was told, eager to please future Coach Urban Meyer and Springs, a former All-Met from Springbrook who earned all-American honors with the Buckeyes. Haskins caused a combination of happiness and heartbreak when he de-committed from Maryland in favor of a conference rival last month, but National Signing Day featured far less drama.
The four-star recruit sent in his signed National Letter-of-Intent to play for Ohio State early on Wednesday morning, officially completing a recruiting flip that could impact the Big Ten East standings for years to come.
"It's been a lot of soul searching and figuring out, having discussions about where I wanted to go," Haskins said Wednesday. "It was a hard decision, but I'm happy with my decision. I'm just really excited."
Haskins initially committed to Maryland last May, and began recruiting other local prospects to join him, after emerging as a national recruit between his sophomore and junior seasons. But he had a change of heart once former Terrapins Coach Randy Edsall was fired and former offensive coordinator Mike Locksley was not retained on new Coach D.J. Durkin's staff and began taking visits elsewhere.
The Under Armour all-American called Ohio State his dream school upon committing there and ultimately chose the Scarlet and Gray over dozens of scholarship offers from power conference schools. He also helped convince Good Counsel All-Met Keandre Jones to flip from Maryland to Ohio State along with him. The decision led to some fan criticism, particularly on social media, where Haskins is an active Twitter user.
"Even when I decided to go to Maryland, people had a lot to say about that, just like they have a lot to say about Ohio State," Haskins said. "Whatever you do in this business, there's going to be someone that critiques you, so you just deal with the criticism and keep grinding because that person isn't putting the work in that you're putting in."
One of three 2016 recruits from Bullis headed to a Big Ten school this year, Haskins threw for more than 2,200 yards and 20 touchdowns as the Bulldogs won a share of their third straight Interstate Athletic Conference championship this past fall.
He is rated as one of the top five pro-style quarterbacks in the country this year by Rivals, ESPN and 247 Sports, but will likely sit at least one year behind returning Buckeyes starter J.T. Barrett in Columbus.
"You go in there humble and prepared to compete at a high level, the sky's the limit for the kid. He has all the physical tools," Springs said. "What I told him is you've got to follow your heart. Don't go to Ohio State because it's a good program. Go to Ohio State because you're excited that's your dream school, because what if something like football doesn't work out, and you've got to be a student? Would you still like that school? You want to go where you'll be happy because it goes beyond sports."
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