Leader Emerges for Hawthorne

It's been a long recruiting road for Homewood, (Ala.) receiver Tim Hawthorne. The Scout.com four-star prospect has not named a favorite throughout his recruitment until Sunday afternoon. He will announce his college choice one week from Monday.

"Right now the big three are Auburn, South Carolina and Georgia in that order," said Tim Hawthorne. "Alabama, Tennessee and Louisville are still in it, but they trail those three schools right now."

"Auburn is my overall favorite. A lot of things click together at Auburn for me. They basically have everything I want in a college program. The fact it's an in-state school helps them out as well. In terms of propelling myself, I see myself doing that at Auburn."

Hawthorne was in Columbia over the weekend for an official visit with the Gamecocks.

"The visit to South Carolina went great," Hawthorne said. "It was really nice up there. I liked how the stadium was off by itself, but you could still see the city. I liked how when you were in the city you could see the stadium as well."

"My host was Jared Cook. He was real cool. He showed me a good time. I hung out with Sidney Rice as well. He was one of the nicest guys I have ever been around."

Hawthorne was impressed with head coach Steve Spurrier and likes his high octane offense as he shared, "Coach Spurrier and I talked ball together. We talked about the opportunities for me playing in his type of offense. It was great spending time with him."

Scout.com's seventh-best receiver lists South Carolina as his second choice following his visit.

"There were just so many things that really stood out about the visit," Hawthorne said about Columbia. "I got to know about the campus and what everyone does for fun. I really had a good time. I didn't realize how nice everything up there was. There weren't many guys up there, but I hung out with Emanuel Cook and Kendrick Ellis. We all had a good time."

The Hawthorne family will welcome Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer into their home tonight.

"Coach Fulmer plans to be here sometime tonight," said Hawthorne. "I am really looking forward to the visit. I have not scheduled my final official visit yet, but it will come down between Tennessee and Louisville. Tennessee has a real good chance to move up on my list."

"I will still announce my decision on ESPN next Monday. Anything can happen between now and then."

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