Former Maryland quarterback commit Dwayne Haskins signed with Ohio State Wednesday on National Signing Day, officially closing the book on that Terrapins chapter.
Haskins, a four-star who pledged to the Terrapins under former head coach Randy Edsall and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, flipped to the Buckeyes last month.
During a Signing Day phone interview with Sports Illustrated, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer gushed about the Maryland native in a studio segment that was posted online.
“As chance took place and things happened, we found ourselves eye-to-eye and talking again and going to work and I had a chance to watch him work out at a training facility,” Meyer said in response to a question from Pete Thamel.
“I can’t imagine the difference and I went back and watched his sophomore film, his junior film, his senior film. He’s the best quarterback at his age I’ve ever seen.
“Fundamentally, his quarterback coach has done a phenomenal job. You just watch his release -- I’ve probably watched it 700 times -- his release, his footwork, his bounce in the pocket, his ability to get out of trouble and his arm strength and size now are absolutely ideal.”
Haskins was named the Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year for the 2014-15 school year after he completed 61 percent of his passes and threw 21 touchdowns.
For much of his recruitment, he was seen as a keystone in "The Movement" -- an attempt by the staff to keep the area's best players at home. With his flip, Good Counsel (Md.) linebacker Keandre Jones also flipped to Ohio State, but much of the Maryland-based class has stayed put and signed with the Terrapins.
Without Haskins in the fold, Maryland had to scramble for a quarterback. They ended up with two in the class of 2016 -- Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year Tyrrell Pigrome and Indiana native Max Bortenschlager.
Check back for more on Pigrome and his potential impact on the program on Thursday.
Watch Urban Meyer's full interview with Sports Illustrated here.