"Boise State was always near the top of my list," new Bronco Linebacker commit Brandon Hawkins said. "I was thinking I'd go on the trip and re-evaluate after getting home, but I just knew while I was there that was where I needed to be," he added.
"Coach Avalos recruited me," he stated. "He's very good at developing LBs and I watched some film with him while on my visit. I felt I could see myself doing that every day."
"They were real excited when I committed," said Hawkins. "They all gave me hugs right away."
Bronco fans will recall the versatility of Tanner Vallejo. Vallejo was known for his ability to attack from all angles of the field and the coaching staff sees a similar future for Hawkins.
"Coach Harsin compared me to Tanner Vallejo," he said. "What they really like is my physicality and range. They want a guy who can play three downs each series instead of two and they believe I can do that."
"The position is really similar to what I play now," said Hawkins. "What I really like is knowing that will be an easy transition for me. I'll be able to step right in and have an idea of what I'm doing."
He went on to say that he plans on enrolling in January and will be able to participate in spring practice.
"I'll be there in January," he stated. "I'm really excited. I think I fit in well with the mentality of their team. They're a hardworking group and a team that will play any team and beat them. I see myself having that blue-collar mentality too."
"I'm 100% committed."
As a junior, Hawkins (6'3, 207, 4.63) and his teammates finished 8-3 and lost in the second round of the state playoffs. He says that is not an "acceptable" season at all.
"It's not acceptable for our program to lose before the third round," he said. "That's definitely a motivating factor for us. We want to go further this season."
"We return a lot of players on the back-end of our defense," he said. "I think the main thing for us is to just keep working hard and work those few new guys in and that won't be difficult to do since they've been in the program."
So, what can Bronco fans expect to see from Brandon Hawkins?
"A guy that is aggressive on every play," he said. "I go 100% on every play in every game," he added.
As a junior, he had 132 tackles, 16 TFL, and 5 sacks.