Hawthorne to Check Out Tigers

A highly regarded receiver plans to visit Auburn this weekend.

Homewood, Ala.--One of the state of Alabama's top prospects, Homewood High's Tim Hawthorne, will take an official visit to Auburn this weekend.

Hawthorne asked to schedule the visit at the last minute and will join six other prospects on official visits to check out the Tigers.

The 6-2, 200 wideout helped Homewood win the Class 5A state title as his team finished the season undefeated.

He took an official visit to Georgia last weekend and rated it a 10. He is scheduled to visit Alabama in January.

When the home visit period started in late November, Auburn coaches were one of the first groups to make a trip to the Birmingham area to meet with the All-State receiver.

Hawthorne makes a catch in the 5A state championship game at Legion Field. Hawthorne says Terry Price, who recruits that area for Auburn, came to see him along with wide receivers coach Greg Knox and offensive coordinator Al Borges. "They sat down with my parents and me," Hawthorne said. "We asked a bunch of questions, talked about recruiting and talked about my season. They told me their expectations for me if I came to Auburn.

"They said they liked my physical body, and I would be ready to play in the SEC next year. They kept reminding me they were losing three senior receivers. Auburn is definitely one of the schools I am considering."

With Auburn baseball commitment Austin Hubbard at quarterback, Homewood won the state title game, defeating Buckhorn 45-13. Hawthorne caught five passes for 75 yards in the first half of a game that was decided early, as were most of Homewood's games during the 2005 season.

He finished his senior season with 72 catches for 992 yards and seven touchdowns.

The talented wideout has been pursued by Alabama as well as Auburn and Georgia along with most teams in the SEC.

After his visit to Georgia, Hawthorne said he was going to wait until January to take the rest of his official visits, but he has since changed his plans.

Commenting on the UGA trip, he said, "I pretty much saw everything I needed to know about Georgia. I got all the questions I needed answered. I got to give it a 10 because Georgia man, Athens is a great place. It's not as small as some people think it is and it's very enjoyable.

"Mohamed Massaquoi was my host," he says. "We talked a lot and played NCAA football. We went to a couple of parties and he just gave me a heads up on the recruiting process and let me know about all the coaches. As soon as I met him we just clicked. We do things a lot of the same ways and were a lot alike."

"I just got to interact with the players and see everybody. That was really the only thing that I hadn't done there yet. It was good to see some of the social stuff that goes on down there. I got along with all the players."

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