While his team got knocked out in the first round of the playoffs, Hawkins did everything for his squad this past season and he credits his all-around work ethic for his improvements.
"There wasn't anything in particular I worked on this summer because I'm not to the point where I can focus on specific things," Hawkins said. "I just work hard on my speed and strength. "I'm playing two different positions, so a lot of it is mental, but the physical part of it is fairly similar because defensive backs and wide receivers train with similar methods."
Hawkins' versatility has interested some of the best programs on the West Coast.
"I'm hearing from some pretty good schools like USC, Washington, Arizona and ASU," he said. "All these schools have good things going for them. USC and Washington are two schools I'm just getting to know the new staffs of, but both are schools with a lot of tradition."
There is no time frame for a Hawkins' collegiate decision, but he knows what he is looking for in any prospective school.
"I want to go to a place with a nice campus and a program that has stability," he said. "I don't want to have to wonder how long the coach will be there, and I want to play for a coach who plays an exciting attacking system.
"Right now I want to major in Kinesiology and I want whatever school I decide to attend to have a solid program in a field like that."