"I actually have not lost a football game since the sixth grade," Hawkins professed. "I am used to winning. "I just get the ball to my athletes and let them do the work. I am a leader on the field and I try not to screw up."
Hawkins committed to Boise State early in the summer so that hindered his recruitment. "A lot of schools never came in and offered because they knew where I was going. Oregon, Wisconsin and BYU offered me trips and said if I came on the trip they would offer, but that was it."
With the news of his father taking over the head job at Colorado, things have drastically changed for Hawkins. "I am still committed as of now - it's a soft verbal. But, I'd say it is 50-50 between the Buffs and Broncos. My family is being really good about it and leaving the decision up to me. My dad wants me to go where is best for me and my mom wants the same. I will take a trip to Colorado in January and decide soon after my visit. Boise is a great place and the new coach has offered me a full ride. But, playing for my dad would also be great."
Hawkins was going to walk-on and Boise State so he wouldn't take up a scholarship and that same plan would apply in Boulder. "I would walk on and then prove myself down the road. I would show up and do my thing and earn my scholarship. A lot of people think because I am from a smaller conference and a smaller place that I will need to prove myself and I agree with that."
The quarterback certainly proved himself over the summer when he was named the No.4 quarterback in attendance at the Elite 11 competition. "Yeah, but that was in shorts and a shirt," the humble Hawkins explained, "I need to put on the pads and prove that I can compete with the big boys."
The biggest knock on Hawkins has been his diminutive size for a signal caller. "I don't get too hung up on that. I have been told that if I were 6-4 I would have 40 offers by a lot of people. A 5-11 guy can't see over the line just like a 6-2 guy can't and a 5-11 guy, with the right release, can let the ball go at the same place as a guy who is 6-3."
Hawkins carries a 3.53 core GPA and scored an 1850 on the new version of the SAT. He would like to major in Kinesiology or Psychology.