The 6-2, 205-pounder helped Homewood High finish the 2005 season as the unbeaten Class 5A state champions.
Hawthorne said there are a variety of reasons he picked Auburn over Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and many other offers. One of the main ones, he notes, is the opportunity to have Tiger quarterback Brandon Cox throwing passes to the freshman-to-be wideout.
"He won my respect in the Georgia game," Hawthorne says. "I was there and he threw that pass on fourth and 12 to seal the deal. That was something that won me over about Brandon Cox and his progression throughout the rest of the season. I look forward to catching balls from him in the future."
In addition to his skills as a wide receiver, Hawthorne could get a look as a return man as well as on coverage teams. He was excellent in both areas as a high school standout.
Hawthorne notes he plans to arrive on the AU campus this summer ready to make an immediate impact. "I'm ready to get with those guys and get better on the field," he says of his future teammates. "I'm anxious to get started."
As a senior he caught seven TDs and had 72 receptions for 992 yards. The previous season Hawthorne caught 84 passes for 1,360 yards and 14 TDs.