On the same day Michigan lost an offensive line commit in Emil Ekiyor to Alabama, another 2018 recruit announced his decision. Hassan Haskins was in Ann Arbor for the Rutgers game this past weekend after receiving an offer on October 12, and he decided that Michigan was the school.
Haskins is a 6-foot-1, 202 pound running back from St. Louis with a style of play that will excite Michigan fans. He’s a tough and physical back that is hard to bring down, and he doesn’t shy away from contact. His size also allows him to be solid in pass protection and his film shows an ability to quickly change direction when he's running with the ball. His senior season thus far includes 1,754 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns prior to his visit this past weekend to Ann Arbor.
Maize N Brew caught up with Haskins after his commitment to better understand what impacted his decision and to learn more about him as a player. “The visit went super good. They showed me around and we talked about a few things,” Haskins told MnB. Before this past weekend, he had not been to The Big House. “I was surprised how big it was and yeah it was my first time there.”
One thing that stood out for Haskins was how the football program felt like a family. “They treated me like family, they were 100% committed to me.” He’s talked mostly with Jay Harbaugh throughout his recruitment process, and the younger Harbaugh explained to Hassan what they think he can bring to the team. “He said I'm an all around back, I got power and speed, he said they like how I do everything I can to help out my team.”
Back home in Eureka, Haskins is a local favorite for kids and they enjoy getting the opportunity to meet him. As a football player for the Eureka Wildcats, Hassan tries to be a role model for those younger than he is.
@H2_3125 whether you realize it or not, you are already a role model for kids #TheyLoveYou #BeProud pic.twitter.com/MBk46MXHDe— sharon wasson (@aquacatehs) October 21, 2017
His older brother was a strong influence when Hassan was growing up and is the reason he wants to be a role model for kids. His brother instilled a belief and work ethic in Hassan, that you can do anything you want in life. “My big brother has a lot of influence on me, because when I was younger he was a role model for me and he just taught me that I can grow up and be anything I put my mind to, that's why I like to be a role model for kids.”
We call U The Humble Beast, let UR play show the work @H2_3125 Big Blue gains an amazing athlete & protégé. Congrats 2 U & @UMichFootball pic.twitter.com/Ld227sN5vP— Shereé (@aka08st) October 30, 2017
Haskins also mentioned that what Michigan offers him in the classroom is important as well. “They have one of the best education programs and that's a big factor for me.” Michigan fans should be excited about the newest addition to the 2018 class and what Hassan Haskins brings to the program.