Hawthorne Makes His Decision

Standout wide receiver Tim Hawthorne made his decision on Monday concerning where he plans to attend college.

Homewood, Ala.--Keeping football fans in suspense until almost the last minute, Homewood High wide receiver Tim Hawthorne made his decision public on Monday as he chose the Auburn Tigers over five other finalists in a ceremony at The Club in Homewood.

A crowd gathered for the announcement cheered when he said, "I don't want to keep y'all waiting."...The next four years of my life I will be attending the...Auburn."

Hawthorne added that all of the pieces just fit together at Auburn.

"When I sat down and wrote down the pros and cons, I think it was just the best thing for me," he says. "They are losing quite a few receivers and I think coach (wide receivers' coach Greg) Knox is one of the best.

"It is just an opportunity waiting to happen," he continues. "I think I can go in there early and be an impact player in that offense. I just thrive on an offense like that."

The wide receiver thanked his high school coach, Bob Newton, and others who helped him have success as a highg school athlete.

The 6-2, 200-pounder had Auburn, Alabama, Georgia Louisville, Tennessee and South Carolina on his list until choosing the Tigers.

Tim Hawthorne runs after a catch in the Patriots' 2005 state championship win over Buckhorn High.

Hawthorne is expected to come in and challenge for immediate playing time as Auburn lost three senior receivers, Devin Aromashodu, Anthony Mix and Ben Obomanu, off last year's team.

He says that Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges made that point very clear. "He was just talking about they needed somebody in there because of all the receivers leaving," he says about Borges. "Not only just as a receiver, but on special teams. It is just something I am looking forward to."

The talented wideout helped lead Homewood High to an undefeated season in 2005 and its third 5A state championship in four years with 992 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 72 receptions.

As a junior, Hawthorne did not receive quite as much attention from opposing defenses and caught 84 passes for 1,360 yards and 14 TDs.

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