Maryland gets commitment from top Class of 2016 QB

Randy Edsall was able to land one of the best quarterbacks in the Class of 2016 on Friday, as Dwayne Haskins Jr. committed to play for Maryland. The pledge of the Under Armour All-American pocket passer is huge not just because of the talent that he will bring to the roster, but he will most likely be the gem of the Terps' 2016 haul as Edsall and his staff try to get the most talented players in their local recruiting area onto the Maryland campus.

The 6-3, 203-pound product from Bullis School (Potomac, MD) chose Maryland over Penn State, Rutgers and Virginia Tech, among other offers. Major programs such as Alabama, Florida and Notre Dame also offered. Haskins is the No. 4 pro-style quarterback and No. 68 player in the class of 2016, according to Rivals.com rankings.

The Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year threw 22 touchdowns against five interceptions and completed 61.4 percent of his passes for 1,936 yards this past season. He projects to be the type of signal-caller that could excel both as a passer and runner in a spread system or as a pure passer in a more pro-style scheme.

While current projected starter Caleb Rowe has two years of eligibility remaining, Haskins is gifted enough to compete for the starting job upon arrival on campus.

Haskins is the Terps' eighth commitment in the 2016 class, which includes seven pledges from the state of Maryland. Four-star outside linebacker Keandre Jones from Our Lady of Good Counsel High had been the most noteworthy Terps pledge before the commitment of Haskins.

With the best quarterbacks in the 2016 class already committed to schools, some major programs in need of depth at the position will be hoping to either get a commitment from Georgia dual-threat Jawon Pass or hope that a QB decommits before National Signing Day.

Dave Miller, the college football editor for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.