Razorback Dreaming

Morrilton football and baseball star Toney Hawkins (6-2, 185) is getting interest from schools in both sports, but hopes his story ends with him in an Arkansas football jersey, baseball uniform - or both.

There's no doubt that Morrilton junior Toney Hawkins is one of the best athletes in the state in the 2014 class.

But the question is whether Hawkins (6-2, 185, 4.5) will put on a football jersey or a baseball uniform when it comes to college.

Such is the case when you are batting over nearly .600 on the diamond and have major league scouts dropping by your games after a gridiron season where you put up nearly 3,000 yards of total offense.

"I get that question all the time and I really love both sports," Hawkins said. "I'm just going to see what opportunities there are for me out there when it is time and go from there."

Hawkins, who was one of the prospects on hand in Fayetteville for Arkansas' Red-White football game on April 20, would love to end up a Razorback in either sport.

"I have grown up loving the Razorbacks so it would be amazing and would be a dream come true to play either football or baseball for Arkansas," Hawkins said. "My family doesn't want me to go too far away from home for school and that would be great for everybody."

Hawkins, who also visited Arkansas with some other juniors in early March, is impressed with what he has seen from the new Razorback coaches.

"They seem like a great staff that really knows what they are doing," Hawkins said. "It would be great to get a chance to play for them."

Cincinnati and New Mexico are the two schools that are showing the most interest for football in Hawkins, who is also getting interest from Arkansas, Auburn and Arkansas State.

Hawkins, who is being recruited as a wide receiver and cornerback by colleges, was a standout quarterback for the Devil Dogs this past season.

He rushed 177 times for 1,025 yards and 15 touchdowns while also passing for 1,736 yards and 29 more TDs in an 8-3-1 season.

"I feel like my speed and my leadership are my two biggest strengths on the football field," Hawkins said.

Hawkins is playing third base for the Devil Dogs baseball team and flourishing at the plate.

"I was hitting .576 the last I checked," Hawkins said. "I'm having a really good year at the plate and I'm starting to get interest from some schools. UCA was here the other day and wants me to go there."

Arkansas' baseball program invited Hawkins last December for a visit.

"I really like their baseball program and obviously they have been very successful," Hawkins said. "Again, it would be a dream to play there."

There is always the opportunity to play both sports as football scholarships are full while baseball's scholarships are just partial.

"That is certainly something to think about when it comes time," Hawkins said.

There's also the 2014 Major League Draft, where his prospects could be elevated with his performance this summer at a Major League Scouting Bureau Camp in Texas.

"Both the San Francisco Giants and this guy who is just under the Major League Baseball Commissioner were here for one of my games last week," Hawkins said. "He gave me an invitation to play in Texas – I believe it is June 22-26 -- where they bring in kids that are prospects, put them on different teams and then play several games with scouts from all the teams there."

It could be a big summer for Hawkins.

"I've got to just keep working every day and getting better," Hawkins said. "Maybe I'll end up getting to be a Razorback."





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