Hawkins mulling his options

With three official visits behind him and two more official visits planned, Jaylinn Hawkins’ decision could be just weeks away. Devils Digest caught up with the Buena Park (Calif.) athlete to talk about his recruitment with Arizona State and his other suitors.

Hawkins officially visited Utah and Washington during the season before visiting Arizona State right before the recruiting dead period started, and gave his Tempe trip glowing reviews.

“The visit was cool,” Hawkins said. “It’s a real nice school, nice campus and the coaching is good. I really enjoyed it. I didn’t expect it to be that nice and I like the coaches’ philosophy. Coach Ball is recruiting me and I like him because he’s my kind of coach. I like the way he runs things and coaches. He’s a real good dude.

“A lot of the things they offer there are pretty dope. The academic program they have there can really help you with jobs after college. I was hosted by Manny Wilkins and he told that if I come here it’s going to be hard work but it’s a very good program. He liked it there a lot and said I would like it too.”

As a senior, the 6-1 180-pound Jaylinn Hawkins led the Coyotes with 80 receptions for 1,476 yards and 16 touchdowns and helped Buena Park High School earn an 11-2 mark. Hawkins, who also had 60 tackles and two interceptions on defense, played in just 11 of his team’s 13 games due to injury.

“They (ASU) are looking at me more on defense but said I could play offense too,” Hawkins stated. “They said on defense they like me both at safety and at cornerback because I have good hands and good ball skills, I can tackle and cover well. On offense they like my route running, speed, my hands and playmaking abilities.”

Hawkins is planning to visit Oregon on January 16th and California the week of the 23rd. He didn't rule out an unofficial visit to ASU the last weekend of January. He said that he likes all of his suitors the same and said that in general he is enjoying the recruiting process.

“It’s crazy and there is a lot thrown at you,” Hawkins admitted, “but at the same time it’s a blessing and I thank God for it. I’m just going to go through the process and will make my decision on signing day.

“Whatever school feels like home and the perfect place, that’s where I’m going to be at. I want to go where I can study my major which is Kinesiology or Business.”

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