"Overall it was a great trip," Hawthorne tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "That was my first time being at a night game down there at Auburn. I loved the atmosphere down there. There is no football like it in the South. Auburn is one of those great places where people enjoy their college football team.
"I met a lot of the players," he adds about the highlights of the visit. "I met with Coach (Terry) Price, Coach (Greg) Knox, Coach (Tommy) Tuberville, and I saw some big-time recruits down there."
The Homewood High standout adds that over time both he and his parents seem to be building a strong relationship with both Knox and his recruiting coach, Price. "My parents call down there and talk to them, probably more time that I do, to be honest with you," he notes. "But, overall I think we have created a special bond and a relationship to where I kind of have a feel about what they think of me, and they have kind of got a feel of what I think of them."
Despite watching the Tigers' fall to the visiting Yellow Jackets 23-14, Hawthorne says he was thoroughly impressed with AU's gameday experience. "What stood out to me was how many fans were there before the game even started," he notes. "It was getting loud before the game even started. I could just tell that once the game started that it was in full throttle. There was just noise everywhere. Just the whole atmosphere really impressed me, and seeing Jordan-Hare at night, it is just unbelievable man."
The talented receiver also notes that he was impressed with the way the team handled themselves following a defeat. "I got the chance to meet with Ben Obomanu and Gabe McKenzie, one of the new recruits," he says. "It was just great. I got the chance to go in the locker room after the game and see how things go or whatever, and despite their loss it was still a great, great atmosphere."
Tim Hawthorne is one of the most impressive wide receiver prospects in the South this season.
Hawthorne explains that another thing he really took notice of on Saturday night was the way the Tigers ran their offense, and what that could mean to him if he decided to play his college football on the Plains.
"I loved how they threw the ball around," he says. "They were throwing a lot of short passes, and sometimes they would just throw it up and see if a receiver could make a play. Those are the type of things I think would be beneficial to my game.
"I just love to be a playmaker," Hawthorne continues. "Just give me a chance for a quarterback to throw me the ball and see what I can do with it. So, it (AU's offensive scheme) fits greatly with my type of athletic ability and what I can bring to an offense. Overall, despite the loss, it was great. I love how they threw it around."
All in all, he says that each trip to AU helps him form a much more accurate impression of what life would be like if he decided to play for the Tigers.
"The more times I go down there the better feel I get for that university," he explains. "The more times you go somewhere the more used to it you get and you get a better feel of what it is all about. Now, I have just got a better understanding than I already did have of Auburn. It is just going to add a plus to them, but everything is still even right now."
As for other trips during the fall, that is something Hawthorne says he is still currently trying to decide on. "I don't know of any right now," he notes. "I don't know where I am going next week. I am looking that over right now to see what kind of games I will be attending the next few Saturdays. But, I will definitely be down there at the Iron Bowl, that is for sure."
So far this season, Homewood is off to a 2-0 start in defense of the 2004 5A state title. However, Hawthorne says he is having to deal with being double-teamed and triple-teamed and has gotten of to a much slower start than he is used to.
"In the first game I had five catches for 85 yards and a touchdown," he says. "I had a 72-yard touchdown reception, and in my second game I had a catch for about 18 yards."