The father of Dwayne Haskins Jr. was hanging on to me, his NFL star teacher Mohamed Sanu was "no comment" and an officer at his high school in Maryland said he was told to direct all the media questions to the family, "especially from reporters from New Jersey. "
Monitors the pre-teen years of the NFL Draft prospect and possible Giants draft pick that Dwayne Haskins in New Jersey is a strange two-month journey, but alarms The bell did not sound until his father returned my text message. Within 15 years of reporting to New Jersey high school sports, including six major high schools, seven of the main Rutgers athletics and now two of the Giants, I have never experienced a degree of mystery and push back like of it.
Here is the story:
Rather than talking to ordinary suspects about Haskins rise in the storyline, I want to know more about his often glossed-over roots. He was not born with a four-star recruit, Big Ten record-setter and first-round NFL Draft pick.
I knocked at the doors and called trusted resources I had worked many times. Everything is nothing but glittering praise for the & # 39; skill level, commitment and maturity of Haskins Jr. When I arrived at the older Haskins ̵
If the Giants chose Haskins, have they done in another situation like the first Eli pick-up picker (also from Ohio State) and his outrageous mother? Will Haskins Sr try to influence New York's famous marketplace interview with his daughter after games and skills? Why is the secret?
Here is a transcript of our conversation. It raises more questions than answers:
I: Huge news for a native New Jersey native to be the next quarterback of the Giants. I found my own sources and I'm writing a story, but I really want to have you or Dwayne Jr. with a voice in the story. Can you give me some time?
Haskins Sr. : I just want to be clear to you: What does this article contain? What are you looking for? I'm familiar with the aspects of the reporter. I have background in entertainment. For me, I like the content to be the same as our basic family values. For me to participate in an interview, I want to make sure it is accurate. What I have found throughout this process over the past 10 years, there are not only credible sources. They are self-serving and promote to use Dwayne's likeness. For me to participate, I need to know in more detail, who are you talking to? Because two-minute or two-day meetings do not refer to a relationship or know the fundamental values or our faith and how we operate.
I: I totally understand. I spoke to Rick Mantz, former coach of South Brunswick. I spoke to Jake Rodriguez, president of South Brunswick Pop Warner. I spoke to Tony Racioppi, a quarterback trainer in New Jersey. I spoke to Mo Jabbie, who says Dwayne Jr is his best friend. I spoke to a neighbor from South Brunswick, a neighbor from Highland Park.
Haskins Sr.: Some of these are incredible.
Me: most of those people for many years. These are credible in my eyes.
Haskins Sr.: Excuse me. I am the source. This is how rhetoric falls when it is really independent and incorrect.
I: This is not a negative story. It's something I've worked for months.
Haskins Sr.: I understand. I'm trying to tell you as the main source that actually involves the participant, it should clear me. Because of respect.
I: Do not I do now?
Haskins Sr.: Respectfully, I want to work with you at a certain level. But some of the people you speak, their stories are inaccurate. Even if it's positive.
I: What stories? Who?
Haskins Sr.: I'm trying to find my point, but you've made it clear that you will say anything.
I: I am writing a story, of course. If something is not accurate, I definitely want to know.
Haskins Sr.: In many names you just mentioned, the story is incorrect
I: You do not know what the story is, with respect.
Haskins Sr.: It's not about the story. I am the source. I do this for 10 years. Content is faith, family and football. Every writer I work with usually comes to me at the source. Some names there are no processes of knowing what's going on. It's all about self-serving and promoting what their agenda is. If you want to move forward and write the story, continue. I tell you because of respect for my family and Dwayne and for our values, consider what I'm saying.
I: I'm listening to you, sir. I'm looking for a middle ground here. Who specifically are you talking about?
Haskins Sr.: I'm not going to that. You must first come to me.
I: I sent you a message two months ago. Respectfully, I came to you first because I'm looking for the people you recommend. Without anyone, I started talking to people I know. I found people working on or telling coach Dwayne as a boy. I'm not interested in high school or college Dwayne. This is New Jersey Dwayne.
Haskins Sr.: That's not accurate, those people. That's where I'm at it. Let me pray here.
I: Let me ask you this: Aside from yourself, who do I want to talk to, who do you recommend in New Jersey accurately? In this way you can get someone that you are comfortable with.
Haskins Sr.: I would consider that. Can I call you again? I just want to call you back so we can establish a relationship so that we can go ahead and find out what is best for you and what is best for Dwayne.
I: Perfect. I like that.
Haskins Sr: OK, but at the end of the day, I want you to know: It's about the integrity of his family and my core values. Every person should match for me.
I: I understand that. I did not call anyone I did not trust.
Haskins Sr.: That's the issue there. This is I trust. The names you take the freedom to call are not part of my inner circle. They do not know my values.
I: That's why I'm circulating back.
After confirming the lead anecdote in the main story linked above, Haskins Sr. determined that there is no middle ground and the phone hanged. I called back, left a message and sent another text. No response yet.
In the following days, Bullis School's communications officer did not respond to three phone messages and an email seeking to confirm the information reported elsewhere and Cilento returned no more messages.
Somerville United president Phil Doman – who teaches Haskins in the eighth grade – he said to speak with the permission of the Haskins family. He never called back and did not answer a second call.
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