Montgomery, Ala.--One of the hottest prospects in Alabama for the 2018 class is speedy defensive back JaKorey Hawkins from Lee-Montgomery and when you see him in action it’s not hard to understand why.
A dynamic athlete who recently clocked better than 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash, the 5-11, 190 Hawkins has seen his offer total skyrocket in recent weeks with Auburn and Ole Miss two of the latest to come on board.
With Louisville and Alabama two teams he feels like are getting closer to offering, Hawkins stands at 21 offers including Georgia Tech, Maryland, Missouri, Penn State, UCF and West Virginia. While it might be overwhelming to some, he said this is something he fully expected because of the time and effort he’s put into being a better football player on and off the field the last three years.
“It’s no surprise to me because I have been working ever since ninth grade when I realized I could actually be good at something,” Hawkins said. “It’s no surprise.”
Already very familiar with Auburn with former Lee teammate Daniel Thomas a key part of the secondary for the Tigers, Hawkins said getting the news was big for him.
“It’s kind of a relief because my hard work is paying off,” Hawkins said. “I’m excited.”
In addition to Auburn, Ole Miss is a team that continues to come after Hawkins strong with former Auburn assistant Wesley McGriff making him a priority.
“I want to go check out Ole Miss,” Hawkins said. “I also want to check out Penn State and Auburn as well.”
As his offer list continues to grow Hawkins said this is the time he will lean more on the knowledge he gained from watching Thomas and Alabama signee Henry Ruggs go through the process the last two seasons and how they handled the pressure. Thomas has come back to try to lead and be a voice of experience for the current Generals as well, something Hawkins said is pretty great.
“It’s very important because it means he’s showing me love,” Hawkins said. “He’s still helping me and we’ve been doing drills and stuff. I’m trying to improve and he can tell me how college levels work. He keeps me up to par with college.”
With no timetable for a decision, Hawkins said at the moment he’s just focusing on beginning to narrow things to a more manageable group and is hoping some summer visits helps that.
“I’m going to have a top group in the summer,” Hawkins said. “This is getting out of hand. Auburn is going to be on there. Ole Miss will be on there. Penn State will be on there. That’s all I know off the top of my head.
“I’m looking for a coach that will be there and a good education,” he added. “If I don’t make the NFL I would have something to fall back on with my education.”