The fifth National Letter of Intent to buzz across the fax machine at the Simpson Center, there was a bit of suspense involved with Jeremiah Hawkins. Hawkins visited Nebraska and California during the home stretch of the recruiting cycle, and after the departure of inside receivers coach Jacob Peeler to Mississippi, it was thought that Hawkins would become a Cornhusker. His official visit, though, on which he was hosted by his fellow Hawkins, helped to shore him up. That's good news for the Bears, as there is a third Hawkins in the pipeline at Buena Park (Calif.) -- 2019 cornerback Jojo Hawkins.
“We’re looking forward to the all-purpose skill-set Jeremiah will bring to our offense and kick return game," said head coach Justin Wilcox. "He made significant contributions as a wide receiver and running back as well as returning kicks as a prep, and we will take a look at him in all of those areas here as well.”
EXPERT ANALYSIS: Jeremiah has great quickness, is very good after the catch and is a natural pass catcher as well. He's an ideal slot receiver, a little undersized but makes up for it with his speed and ability to make plays after the catch. He's a very competitive player who plays with a chip on his shoulder and always comes to play ... He's a quick, explosive slot receiver, and a tough cover because of his clean routes, explosiveness in and out of his breaks and soft hands. He has the ability to take a short hitch, make 2-3 guys miss and pick up big yards. You can put him in the backfield as well and he should see time returning punts and kicks. Cal always does a nice job creating mismatches and getting their receivers in space and that plays in to what Hawkins excels at. He's also a highly competitive kid with a strong will to win and will be a great teammate. -- Scout West Coast Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins
STATS: As a senior, Hawkins tallied 24 carries for 350 yards and three touchdowns, while catching 25 balls for 375 yards in eight games. Over his three-year varsity career, Hawkins has caught 80 balls for 1,240 yards, averaging 15.5 yards per catch. He's caught 12 career touchdowns, and scored another six on the ground. He's taken two kickoffs back for touchdowns, with 318 career kickoff return yards on 11 take backs. In three years, he compiled 2314 all-purpose yards including 2012 over his final two campaigns at Buena Park. During his junior season, he earned first-team All-Freeway League honors.
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