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Top quarterback prospect, Terps target Dwayne Haskins Jr. to announce decision Friday

Four-star junior quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., the Terps' biggest need and top target in the Class of 2016, is set to announce his commitment Friday.

Four-star junior quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., the Terps' biggest need and top target in the Class of 2016, is set to announce his commitment Friday.

Haskins will choose between Maryland, Rutgers, Penn State, Alabama, Virginia Tech, Florida and Notre Dame at 3 p.m. at Bullis.

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The Terps and Scarlet Knights are considered the front-runners, with Maryland the favorite, according to 247Sports.com's "Crystal Ball" predictions, and Rutgers having received Haskins' past two unofficial visits.

Rated the No. 26 overall prospect in the nation and the third-best pro-style quarterback by 247Sports.com, the 6-foot-3, 198-pound Haskins is seen as the lynchpin of "#TheMovement," a push by Maryland coaches and recruits alike to lure the state's top recruits to College Park.

Four-star linebacker Keandre Jones (DeMatha), 247Sports.com's No. 5 prospect in Maryland, already has committed, and the Terps are involved with athlete Trevon Diggs (Avalon School) and offensive guard Terrance Davis (DeMatha), the Nos. 3 and 4 prospects in the state.

Haskins, the reigning Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year, threw for 1,936 yards and 22 touchdowns last season, with just five interceptions. With Caleb Rowe and Perry Hills set to graduate after the 2016 season, Haskins could start under center early in his career; Shane Cockerille (Gilman) is unproven, and incoming recruit Gage Shaffer, while athletically gifted, is considered unpolished.

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