The final piece of California’s big finish to National Signing Day – the third of three four-star recruits in the final two weeks of the cycle – didn’t ink his letter of intent until head coach Sonny Dykes’s press conference was over.
While there is still some question as to whether Jaylinn Hawkins will be the seventh defensive back or the sixth wide receiver in the class, Hawkins offered his thoughts on the occasion of his commitment on Wednesday.
"[I] loved the offense and how much they throw the ball,” Hawkins said. “They have a great QB and they like to spread the ball around."
In fact, it was offensive grad assistant David Gru and outside receivers coach Pierre Ingram who helped to close Hawkins, but there were other factors, as well.
"I liked Ingram a lot, good person, experienced in that offense and coach Dykes is a great guy as well and a great offensive mind,” Hawkins said. "Academics was big, you can't play football forever and a Cal degree is something great to fall back on."
Dykes was effusive in his praise of Hawkins, as well.
"Jaylinn Hawkins is an outstanding athlete," Dykes said after the presser. "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.
"He's very versatile. 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."
As for Hawkins, he said that his decision to commit came at the 11th hour.
"I decided the night before signing day, all five schools were still in it until then,” he said. “It was a really hard decision but felt great about it when i woke up Wednesday morning and knew it was the right choice.
“I just felt comfortable at Cal, felt more comfortable there than any other school. Location is another plus -- close enough to home to drive there, but still feel like you're getting away."