Will Haskell Jr. can beat opponents in multiple ways. The Ironwood quarterback takes tremendous care of the football in the passing game and uses his speed and athleticism to pick up big chunks of yards and extend plays through the air.
That athleticism also allows him get creative while social distancing.
— William Haskell (@HaskellWilliam4) May 9, 2020
San Diego State now gets a chance to utilize that diverse skill set after Haskell announced his commitment to the Aztecs on Saturday. The quarterback silently committed to the program earlier this week.
“First of all, I want to say thank you to the media, my former coaches, my family, my teammates and coaches at Ironwood High School for putting me in the position I’m in now and everything they’ve invested in me and the time and effort. I want to say thank you to everyone that was on my team.”
Thank you to everyone that supported me,pushed me, and helped to get to the place I’m at right now. Want to say thank you to the coach’s that took the time out to talk to me, teach me, encouraged me,and gave me the opportunity to grow from a young boy to a young man. pic.twitter.com/XP42TgZgQv
— William Haskell (@HaskellWilliam4) May 17, 2020
Haskell credits his relationship with offensive coordinator Jeff Hecklinski as a big reason why he chose the Aztecs. He also consistently reminisces on head coach Brady Hoke’s goal for the program: win a national championship.
“A school that has that big of a dream that really hasn’t had that shot to be in the national championship game, that’s the best place I can go to. I do play for underdog teams.”
Ironwood hasn’t been a recent football power, but that hasn’t stopped Haskell and the rest of the Eagles from going toe-to-toe with top 5A programs. In 2017, the varsity program won two games. Since then, they’ve had back-to-back six-win seasons and a playoff birth in 2019.
Helping raise a program to new heights is something Haskell has been working towards at Ironwood and hopes to continue to do at San Diego State.
“(Ironwood) is looked at as an underdog team and that’s what I grew up with, playing for underdog teams and not shying away from competition. Just that mindset from (San Diego State), that really stuck with me.”
In addition to the SDSU, Haskell holds offers from Duke, Iowa State, NAU, Akron and Fresno State.
The 2021 quarterback is coming off a junior season where he completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,401 yards, 20 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed for 965 yards – with six games where he went over 100 yards – and 14 additional scores.
The quarterback made a nice jump from his sophomore to junior season. In each of the last two seasons, he threw four interceptions. However, he had nearly twice as many pass attempts last year.
This offseason, he is continuing to work to ensure he is ready to take over late in the game.
“My dad pushes me every day to be the best player I can be,” Haskell said. “We don’t really do a lot of quarterback training. It’s all conditioning, weightlifting and making sure I’m sharp on my stamina, where I’m pushing myself beyond the 4th quarter, where I can go overtime, where I can go double overtime.”
Haskell sat down with Jordan Hamm on a commitment edition of the Venezia’s Pizzeria Recruiting Roundup.