It didn't take long for Hawthorne to make his decision public once he got behind the microphone though as he got a smile on his face and put on the Auburn gear much to the delight of a crowd that numbered nearly one hundred friends and supporters. He says that in the end the opportunity to play right away in Auburn's offense was a big reason for his choice of the Tigers.
"There wasn't one overall factor in my decision," Hawthorne tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was just a bigger factor in one department and that was I had a greater opportunity at Auburn than some of the other colleges I was considering. All of these schools are great schools and I couldn't go wrong.
"I really took a risk at picking Auburn, but I know it's not a risk anymore," he adds. "It's a fact that it was the greatest opportunity for being a receiver coming in at the time. They were losing three starting guys at the receiver position. I can come in on special teams also and work my tail off and be an impact player on special teams."
Hawthorne is all smiles as he pulls on his Auburn jersey in front of the crowd.
A visitor to Auburn almost a dozen times between his junior and senior seasons, Hawthorne says that he's always kept his eye on the Tigers throughout the process. Despite saying he didn't know until right before they would be his choice, he says looking back on things it's pretty clear they were always the team for him.
"They never really left and they were there in the thick of things throughout my whole recruiting process," Hawthorne says. "They were one of the first schools to offer me a scholarship my junior year. The more I look at it the more I can see why it was Auburn in the end because things just stuck with me about them. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I think this is the best decision I could have made and I'm looking forward to making a name for myself down there."
Before he signs on Wednesday Hawthorne says there is still some unfinished business in the recruiting process for him. Although he won't have the time to work on some players such as Tim Tebow has done at Florida, he says it won't stop him from making several phone calls in the coming days to try to finish out Auburn's class on a high note.
"I'm going to call Peanut (Deantwan Whitehead) tonight and tell him Auburn is a great place and he can come in and do the same thing I can, be an impact player as a freshman at his position," Hawthorne says. "I'm going to give him a call and we'll see how things fall. I'm sure he'll make the right decision."