Dwayne Haskins is one of the top quarterback prospects in the Class of 2016. A pro-style drop back passer, he agreed to join the Ohio State Buckeyes January 18 after decommitting from in-state Maryland, to whom he had pledged in May.
Now Haskins is preparing to lead the U-19 Team U.S.A. in the International Bowl against the U-19 squad from Canada on Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. USA TODAY High School Sports caught up with Haskins as he prepares to compete at the highest level.
Q: Tell us about the International Bowl. Why did you decide to compete in this event and why is it important to you?
A: I’ve competed in the International Bowl since the 7th grade. I felt like I owed it to them, myself and the country to go and play. It has a lot of importance to me. It’s not like an All-Star Game, you’re playing against another country, Canada, which is pretty cool.
Q: Do you have any concerns about potential injuries so close to National Signing Day and the beginning of your collegiate future?
A: I don’t think it’s an issue thinking about that. You just play, you pray you don’t get injured and you get through the game. I just make sure I do what I need to do and make sure that won’t happen.
Q: What has it been like to work with your elite teammates on Team USA while you prepare for the game?
Q: You’re just six days away from officially signing a letter of intent with Ohio State. Do you have any doubts or moments where you question your decision?
A: No doubts. I never have any doubts or indecision. I made my decision, I’m happy with it and am going to stick with it.
Q: We read your note that you’ve always been an Ohio State fan. What gave you pause and kept you from committing there earlier in the process, and what made you comfortable doing so now?
A: I didn’t commit to Ohio State because I just wasn’t ready to. I took my time, Maryland was the school for me at that time. I appreciate Maryland, but the opportunity was better for me at Ohio State.
Q: What is your goal for your first season in Columbus?
A: My goal is just to get in there, get in the weight room, learn the playbook, try to soak up everything from J.T. and when it’s my time to shine I know I can do that. Hopefully learn a lot this year and play a lot the following year.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about Sunday?
A: Mostly I’m looking forward to just throwing to these crazy receivers and going and win. I want to go spin it. It’s going to be fun.