Notre Dame QB target Dwayne Haskins commits to Maryland

IRISH STEW

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame’s top remaining 2016 quarterback target committed elsewhere Friday.

Dwayne Haskins, a four-star quarterback at Potomac (Md.) Bullis School, announced his verbal commitment to Maryland on an ESPN webcast Friday afternoon.

"That program is on the rise, and I feel I can leave my mark there and help build something that is on its way up so I can make history there," Haskins said on the webcast.

The 6-foot-2, 188-pound junior picked Maryland out of a top group that included Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida, Penn State, Rutgers and Virginia Tech.

New offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford made Haskins a priority after joining the Irish. Haskins visited Notre Dame in March for its junior day. The Irish landed three commitments from the event — long snapper John Shannon, cornerback Julian Love and running back Tony Jones Jr. — but were unable to sway Haskins.

As a junior, Haskins completed 159 of his 259 passes for 1,936 yards and 22 touchdowns. 247Sports slates Haskins as the No. 3 pro-style quarterback and No. 26 overall in the 2016 class. Rivals ranks him fourth at the position and No. 68 overall. Highlights of Haskins can be seen here.

Notre Dame will likely expand its list of 2016 quarterback targets in the coming months. Only three quarterbacks with Irish offers remain without a commitment — Jawon Pass, Woody Barrett and Xavier Gaines. All three reported Notre Dame offers before Sanford joined the coaching staff.

Other Notre Dame targets — Jacob Eason (Georgia), Malik Henry (Florida State), Shea Patterson (Ole Miss) and Matt Fink (USC) — have committed to other schools.

Notre Dame quarterback Dwayne Haskins verbally committed to Maryland on Friday. (Photo courtesy of Rivals)