UCF Offers Travis Hawkins

One of the top recruits in the nation is now considering UCF, despite joining the race late. Travis Hawkins has established himself as one of the most heralded cornerbacks of the 2009 recruiting class.

The talented Quince Orchard High School defensive back (MD) has gained a lot of attention due to his speed and playmaking ability. Last season, Hawkins and his team won a state championship and are off to a hot start this season, with a 4-0 record, a large part due to Hawkins' playmaking skills.

"I've been playing on offense a lot and have scored some touchdowns," Hawkins told InsideKnights.com.

Hawkins plays both ways for Quince Orchard but says he prefers playing on defense, where most teams have recruited him to play.

"I like to hit and I can cover well. Offense is fine, but I feel more comfortable on defense."

UCF has offered Hawkins as a corner, and the team feels that he can play right away for them, as the Knights are losing all four members of their starting secondary after this season. Hawkins is rated as a four-star recruit by Scout and is listed as the sixth-best corner in the nation.

The heralded recruit has received attention from programs all around the nation, meaning that UCF will have to vie against steep competition for him. The Knights didn't begin to court Hawkins until later in the recruiting process, something Hawkins has acknowledged.

"UCF got into the mix a little late, but they are coming after me hard and impress me. Coach O'Leary and Coach Godsey have talked to me and I like both of them."

Despite entering the fight to land Hawkins late, the Knights are making themselves heard and are already close to breaking into his top five.

"Maryland, Michigan, Oregon, and Penn State are my top four and my fifth spot is open, but I could definitely see UCF up there."

Hawkins attended the Penn State-Illinois game this weekend and will head up to Michigan this week. He will also see Oregon in a couple of weeks and would also like to see UCF.

"I'm not sure if I'll make it down to see UCF, maybe some time in November."

Hawkins would likely head to Orlando to see the Knights host ECU, a game he told IK that he would like to see.

With plenty of time until National Signing Day, the Knights will have to play catch-up, but the coaching staff is currently impressing Hawkins and the team will likely make a push to be one of Hawkins' favorites come February.

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