Dwayne Haskins put his high school rivalry aside and extended the olive branch to Washington’s top draft pick and his former Ohio State teammate Chase Young.
Haskins posted a picture on Instagram wearing a throwback Chase Young DeMatha Catholic High School jersey with the caption “Felt like the young Chase out there.”
Growing up in the DMV, Haskins and Young first met in high school where they each represented a different powerhouse sports school in the area. Young attended DeMatha joining the long line of alumni to play professional sports like Victor Oladipo, Quinn Cook, Markelle Fultz, Premier Lacrosse League founder Paul Rabil and D.C. United’s Bill Hamid. Haskins graduated from the Bullis School where he joined Cam Brown, Moise Fokou, Justin Herron, Tanard Jackson and many others who went on to play in the NFL after graduation.
After competing in high school, the two became teammates at Ohio State and had to put their differences aside. Now, both athletes have returned home to the D.C. area to continue their careers as teammates on the Washington Football Team.
After being taken with the No.2 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Young looked back on his years at DeMatha fondly.
“DeMatha is a special place,” he said. “A place where my bonds have gotten stronger just through the whole brotherhood and just being at DeMatha. I’m glad my parents told me to move to DeMatha because obviously it was for the best.”
And according to his teammates from the time, they knew Young would be great from the start.
“Chase used to wreck practice every day,” former Maryland running back Anthony McFarland said. “The offense couldn’t get the ball off. He just wanted to dominate anyone who was in front of him…That’s why I know he’s going to be a good player. He’s been like that since high school.”
Young and Haskins will continue to make their mark on DMV area sports when the NFL returns this fall. But their road to success began long before they set foot at FedEx Field for the first time.
“I think it’s perhaps something they put in the water fountains at DeMatha,” Paul Rabil said of his alma mater.
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