"My trip went real well," said the 6-foot-5 inch, 290 pound Hawes. "I gave my verbal commitment to coach Stoops on Sunday morning. He made it very clear how much they needed me and I know it is a very good opportunity for me."
Hawes was hosted on his trip by freshman offensive lineman Eddie Rollmann and the young Wildcat showed Hawes and his family a good time.
"Like I said the trip went really well," he said. "My parents like it a lot down there and my girlfriend made the trip and she had a really good time too. My host was Eddie Rollmann and he seemed like a cool guy. He is a lot like me so we got a long really well."
While on the trip Hawes also got to hang around with his future position coach, Eric Wolford as well as the other coaches.
"I really like coach Wolford, he is a great coach and just a good guy," said Hawes. "I hung around with him some and with coach Mike Stoops. On Saturday night after the game we all went out to dinner. Mike and Mark Stoops were there, coach Wolford was there, coach (Tim) Kish was there and Dan Berezowitz was there also. They are all real good guys."
Hawes went on to talk about why he thought Arizona was the right place for him.
"I like the area and the school but mostly it is the coaching staff," he said. "Coach Stoops is doing good things down there and I know that he is going to be successful and I wanted to be a part of it. I have a good opportunity to play and start for two years there and I know that things are going to be turned around there. I like the direction the program is going in."
Hawes is the 6th commitment for the offensive line for in the 2004 recruiting class. He joins Peoria (AZ) Centennial lineman Jordan Lowe, Garland (Texas) South Garland center Blake Kerley, Tucson (AZ) Ironwood Ridge tackle Daniel Borg, Burbank (Calif.) Burroughs tackle Eben Britton and Edmond (Okla.) North guard Joe Barresi.