"I know what they're capable of. I know what these coaches are going to bring out of their kids." – Jaylinn Hawkins
The Skinny on California commit Jaylinn Hawkins: Hawkins's mother had been high on the Sun Devils. But, Cal has been hammering away with recruiting ace Pierre Ingram, and it looks like his visit to Berkeley – his final official – opened his eyes. Hawkins was, wire-to-wire, one of the top 10 receivers in the West, and adding him to an already strong group means that the Bear Raid won’t be lacking for weapons when the current crop of veteran pass-catchers leaves.
He's also got the ability to play defensive back, and though head coach Sonny Dykes could not expressly talk about Hawkins during his recruiting press conference on Wednesday, he did say that the Bears would be adding another receiver or defensive back. It now appears as though he was speaking of the same person -- Hawkins.
Sonny's Take:"Jaylinn Hawkins is an outstanding athlete," Dykes said after the presser, when he could finally speak about Hawkins. "Good size, good speed. The thing that stands out about Jaylinn is his physical nature that he plays with. He plays very physical at the wide receiver position, plays very physical at the defensive back position. He's a guy that can do a lot of different things for our program."
There has yet to be a determination as to where Hawkins will play.
"He's very versatile," Dykes said. "He's a high-character kid, a high-academic kid, an incredibly hard worker, comes from a great family, just a guy that we're really excited to make a part of our program. We really think he fits."
One of Hawkins's early recruiters from the Bears was Rob Likens, who was enamored with getting Hawkins into Berkeley as a receiver. After he left, it was Pierre Ingram and offensive graduate assistant David Gru who worked the magic to close the four-star athlete.
"He's just a guy that we're really excited to make a part of our program, and we really think he fits," Dykes said. "We thing he really fits the direction we're going in, and just excited about him and his future."
To win a recruiting battle for Hawkins, as well as battles for Semisi Uluave (Oregon, Texas Tech, UCLA) and for four-star receiver Carlos Strickland (Texas, Texas Tech, UCLA), is a very different look for the program.
"It's a good way to finish," Dykes said. "We had to grind through and really try to stave off a lot of people coming and trying to grab our recruits, here, late. It was really good to go get one. It was nice to have Semisi and Jalen today to kind of really wrap the class up. It got us just where we wanted to be, in terms of a numbers standpoint, and they're bot really good football players, and guys that we think could be cornerstone-type of players in our program. It's always to get a little bit of pleasant news on Signing Day, for sure."
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