2018 Season Countdown: #89 Hassan Haskins

2018 Season Countdown: #89 Hassan Haskins


June 12, 2018

Hassan Haskins (image via Land of 10)

Name: Hassan Haskins
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 207 lbs.
High school: Eureka (MO) Eureka
Position: Running back
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Haskins was a senior in high school (LINK). He ran 255 times for 2,197 yards and 31 touchdowns; he also caught 12 passes for 165 yards and 2 touchdowns, and he added 1 punt return touchdown. On defense, he had 25 tackles, 9 sacks, and 2 fumble recoveries.

Haskins is perhaps the least heralded of the running backs Michigan brought in with the 2018 class. That’s to be expected when a guy’s next best offers are from the likes of Eastern Michigan, Memphis, and New Mexico. Regardless, he was still a First Team All-State running back in Missouri, and he rushed for almost 2,200 yards with 30+ touchdowns. That was good enough to earn him an invitation to the International Bowl, where he played well but was second fiddle to Michigan commit Christian Turner, who was on the same team (LINK).

I like a lot of what Haskins brings to the table. He doesn’t have great top-end speed, but he has toughness, vision, the ability to run behind his pads, etc. I think he runs similarly to Saquon Barkley (but slower), and the best comparison I have for him as a Michigan running back is Brandon Minor. If he’s anywhere between Minor and Barkley, I think Michigan fans would be happy with that. He still looked thin to me at the International Bowl, and if he was already 205-207 lbs., then I think he needs to get up to about 215 lbs. or so. The departure of Kareem Walker moves Haskins a little closer to seeing the field, but I think he’ll be slightly behind Turner and Michael Barrett going into the season.

Prediction: Redshirt

3 comments

  1. Painter Smurf
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    Painter Smurf
    Jun 12, 2018 at 7:50 PM

    Think he has a shot. Lacks the elite measurables, but shows good vision in traffic and sets up his blocks well. Can’t tell for sure from his film, but I could see him developing a good feel for the power game. We’ll see.

  2. GKblue
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    GKblue
    Jun 12, 2018 at 10:24 PM

    If Haskins can run like a healthy Minor nobody will complain.

    More than most recruiting seasons, I’d like to see a retrospective of Haskins, Turner and Barrett careers in three or four years. I feel good about this RB haul, Barrett probably sees the field this year.

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    WindyCityBlue
    Jun 13, 2018 at 6:33 AM

    We’re not at all deep at RB, so if he’s got any chops at all, he’ll play. If he redshirted for non-injury reasons, I’d be worried. RBs who do that rarely amount to much.

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