There are two other candidates for the trophy, namely, Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray. Whoever wins, however, the Buckeyes will take the credit, just the same.
So Dwayne Haskins Heisman or not, all three contenders have a legitimate claim to fame. And Ohio State is still the big winner when the dust clears after trophy voting time. Tua Tagovailoa, Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins are all excellent quarterbacks, so does it really matter who wins the prize?
The Dwayne Haskins Heisman jury won't be out until Sunday. But it would be interesting to find out what the verdict is going to be even though as everyone knows, it's already in the bag as far as the Buckeyes are concerned. The straw polls suggest that it's really a tight race between Tagovailoa and Murray right now.
However, in the ensuing days as we head into Sunday, a Dwayne Haskins Heisman is still not a foregone conclusion. Here's why. The quarterback's stats speak for themselves. Just imagine. The man led his team to a 12-1 record at speeds and touchdowns that are hard to beat.
Clearly, it took the quarterback to create unalterable history for Ohio State. Just consider how the player secured a Buckeye victory against Michigan and Northwestern in recent memory, and you'll see why a Dwayne Haskins Heisman can't be far behind.
A Haskins rally in the Midwest will definitely raise the prospects even higher. For his part, Murray's claim to the trophy rests on his FBS record, his yardage, touchdowns, and interceptions. How well he does in the Southwest region will certainly add to his claim to fame.
On the other hand, Tagovailoa is the season's front-runner: no surprises there. Plus, he's widely projected to be in great shape for the South.
A Dwayne Haskins Heisman isn't cast in stone. But the same goes for a Heisman for Tagovailoa or for Murray. Nobody's perfect, and the closer we look at all Heisman candidates, the more we're likely to find imperfections.
Whether it's a College Football Playoff loss, the wide-open Big 12 or the struggle for a SEC championship, finding fault will always be a possibility. Still, when all is said and done, the big three all have a reason to deserve a Heisman in their own unique ways. After all, they are already winners from the way they contributed to their team or how they improved their respective plays.
Some of the best high school prospects in the country are going to play in the Under Armour All-American Game 2018, and many of these will make their college commitments during the televised game. Experts believe that OSU might get a few fresh athletes out of this event.
A few highly regarded recruits are on the Buckeyes' radar. Four-star DE Tyreke Smith is a prospect from Cleveland Heights that might sign with OSU in order to attend college in the state. Smith was already promoting his commitment time on Twitter. He's the fourth-ranked weak-side end in his class and is the third-ranked prospect in the state of Ohio. Unfortunately for Urban Meyer, Smith might instead elect to attend Penn State in spite of the high hopes that he'll come to OSU.
Meyer had already been able to convince a three-star defensive end, Alex Williams, to come to OSU instead of WVU, so he might be able to work his magic again. Smith isn't the only prospect under consideration, however.
Jayson Oweh, a four-state strong-side DE out of New Jersey, is also the third-ranked prospect in his state. He's considered the fifth strong-side DE in the entire recruiting class. Penn State has tried to recruit him just like they did with Smith. In fact, experts from 247sports feel that he will more than likely head to PSU. Nevertheless, Meyer's ability to lure Smith over has made many at OSU hopeful that he can also encourage Oweh to join the Buckeyes organization. Oweh will more than likely announce his commitment shortly after the clock strikes six.