Out of State Leader for Top Alabama WR

Tim Hawthorne, 6-3, 190, of Homewood High School in Birmingham, is a prospect that emerged during his junior year. He is a big wide receiver that will have a load of scholarship offers to choose from. He names an out of state leader, and you can see him in action in this presentation by <b>ScoutTV</b>.

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At the recent Kennedy/CES Combine in Georgia, Tim Hawthorne ran one of the fastest times of the day at 4.65. Hawthorne looked solid in every event for the day.

"It was great exposure. It will help get my name out. I saw Mike Williams. I talked to him a little bit. It is just great exposure. There were a lot of great athletes at the combine," said Hawthorne.

Hawthorne finished his junior year helping lead Homewood to the Class 5A state championship.

"Our goal was to win the state championship. We got better every week. I told myself, if I work hard, then a lot would happen. We won the state championship, and I still have my senior year. We were mostly made up of juniors. I won't be satisfied unless we repeat. My season stats were 84 catches for 1,360 yards with 14 touchdowns. I had one touchdown on a kick- off return. I broke all the Homewood receiving records for a season and career. I still have one year left. We will see what happens."

After Hawthorne's sensational junior campaign, he was asked to participate in the first Alabama junior all-star game.

"It was my first all-star game. There are a lot of great athletes in the state of Alabama. It was great exposure. It was a little faster. It gave me a heads up on what college will be like."

Hawthorne is a student of the game. He has recognized his strengths and weaknesses. He hopes to become a much better player next fall.

"I can recognize who my defender is, and what he is planning to do. I watch a lot of film and study the game. I try to find out my opponent's weakness and take advantage of it. I really like my size. I want to get bigger. I love going up for a fade and I love to block. I want to improve my route running. I want to get to a low 4.4 (40)," said Hawthorne.

College programs throughout the southeast have informed the Homewood star that he is a top target for the state of Alabama.

"I have been receiving letters from mostly SEC schools. Vanderbilt has already offered me. A couple of other schools, like Clemson and Alabama, have said they are going to offer me. Virginia Tech has offered me. I am just going to weigh my options. It's early now."

One school is an early front-runner for Hawthorne's signature.

"I would have to say Virginia Tech is my early favorite. I have looked at the roster for next year. I think I could help them out, after my senior year, as far as depth at the receiver position. It's a long way away."

Hawthorne plans to camp at Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, and the MSL combine.

Scott Kennedy Scouting Report: A receiver with a tremendous blend of size and speed. Hawthorne is a long strider that can accelerate past a defender in the open field. He uses his size to his advantage extremely well in traffic, and he has quick feet to make the first man miss after a catch. He is an extremely hard worker and strives to get better and better. 

Hawthorne is the type of receiver that all college coaches are looking for: big, strong, fast, productive, and hard working.

#5 WR Tim Hawthorne

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