Well, Syracuse University football fans have gotten an early Christmas present with the commitment of 4-star running back Robert Washington. But rather than sitting back and relaxing, and just enjoying the verbal commitment of the coveted tailback, let’s go ahead and start dreaming. And I’m going to be honest here, guys: it’s time to dream big. It’s time to dream about the possibility – however unrealistic – of landing Dwayne Haskins.

I’ve talked about Maryland native and elite QB Dwayne Haskins before a little bit, but mainly just mentioning him as a pipe dream for the coaching staff.

However, things changed today in a big way. With the commitment of Robert Washington, Haskins suddenly seems at least like a remote possibility – as opposed to our previous chances, which were hovering right around 0%.

Haskins isn’t just one of the most coveted quarterbacks in the class of 2016, but one of the most highly regarded prospects at any position. The 6-foot-3, 200 pound field general has offers from virtually every big time program in America, and right now the winds seem to be blowing in the direction of Maryland, with schools like Rutgers, Virginia Tech, and Florida also possibilities.

In the most recent ESPN 300 rankings, Haskins came in as the No. 3-ranked quarterback prospect, as well as the No. 25-ranked prospect overall. And before Washington’s commitment, despite Haskins holding a Syracuse offer, he seemed to be well off the coaching staff’s radar because it just wasn’t realistic.

That was before Robert Washington committed.

And then this happened. Well, first came Eric White suddenly following the elite signal caller mere moments after Washington committed to the Orange. But then, Haskins started to favorite tweets referencing Syracuse and Washington. The two have been friends for a long time, having played together with Team USA, and a few months back even tweeted the possibility of playing together at the next level.

Now? Well, it’s probably still pretty farfetched since Syracuse has a lot of ground to make up…but it’s certainly back on the table.

This could wind up being the second domino that leads to Syracuse football returning to national glory sooner rather than later, and the first big piece of fallout of Robert Washington’s commitment to the Orange.

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Jeff is a 2003 graduate of Syracuse University, and has been published on various websites including,,,, and, among others. His work was featured in the New York Times bestselling book You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News. He's got a wife, and a toddler he's brainwashing to love Syracuse. Jeff's a pretty great guy, overall, and would never steal your car. Follow him on Twitter: @jekelish


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