Four-star Maryland quarterback commit Dwayne Haskins confirmed Monday he hasn't backed off his verbal committment to the Terps, but he's in "equal contact" with a handful of other schools.
Haskins is in Florida this week for the Under Armour All-America Game, a showcase for the country's best high school football talent.
"I'm still verbally committed to Maryland," Haskins told reporters Monday. But he's weighing a handful of other options, including national powers Florida, LSU and Ohio State. It sounds like Haskins is in high demand.
Haskins also called DJ Durkin "a good hire" but said he doesn't know much about him. He plans to take an official visit to Maryland next month.
SB Nation's Bud Elliott has Haskins on camera talking about his recruitment by the Terps and Florida, plus some other stuff. A few highlights:
- Florida four-star cornerback commit Chauncey Gardner has been pressing Haskins to flip to the Gators. Haskins was asked if Gardner's pitch is working: "I'm listening to him. I tell him to stop talking to me, but it's working out."
- Florida quarterback Will Grier is transferring, which leaves space for a young quarterback to play sooner than later. Haskins said "not really" when asked if that'd make him more likely to go to Florida.
- Florida coach Jim McElwain talks to Haskins every week.
- Haskins says he talks to everybody "equally" – including Maryland, LSU, Florida, Ohio State.
- On Durkin: "I thought it was a good hire. I mean, I know he coached at Michigan, he coached at Florida, he's a defensive guy. So, I met him once, and he was a really good dude."
- Durkin's message to Haskins has been the same as Randy Edsall's was before his firing: "Keep everybody home, and try to dominate the Big Ten."