Hawkins' Younger Brother Trying to Join Team

ECU Freshman Dedrick Hawkins is looking to start his college career off on the same path as his older brother, senior Josh Hawkins.

Josh Hawkins has held the reigns of being one of the top members of East Carolina’s defensive back core in recent years. Now as a senior, he has the chance to not only continue in that role but to mentor the younger players to take over his role once he graduates.

One of those younger players may be his younger brother, Dedrick Hawkins. Dedrick has recently enrolled at ECU and is now going through the process of walking on to the team. His older brother Josh also began his collegiate career as a walk-on at East Carolina when he redshirted in his freshman year just five seasons ago.

As the process is still being completed to get Dedrick out on the practice fields, older brother Josh is excited of the very likely chance of having a family addition to the team.

“He’s getting through all the paperwork right now but it’s going to be different,” Josh said. “The coaches are going to yell at him, I know they’re going to yell at him, but it’s what I went through so he has to go through it too and it’ll just make him tougher.”

Dedrick is following in almost the same exact footsteps as his older brother. Both of the brothers are former standout players at Glen High School (Kernersville, NC) and they both went on to play in North Carolina’s high school East-West All-Star game.

Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing 200 pounds Dedrick, who is currently listed as a safety, will add more than just size to the defensive depth chart.

“He’s definitely a coachable guy, he’s a humble guy, and he’s already aggressive and they’re going to make him more aggressive,” Josh said. “Coach Smith has him on the list at safety, so with his height and he also runs a forty-yard dash in 4.445 seconds, so he has that speed. They definitely will get him more aggressive because high school and division one football is different. He’s going to bring that speed and his knowledge, he’s definitely a smart guy.”

Outside of getting cleared to play, which Dedrick thinks will be completed shortly, he hopes to stay focused and make the Hawkins’s footprint even deeper in the ECU football program. Last season as a senior at Glen Dedrick recorded 208 tackles, 95 solo tackles, one sack, five interceptions and one fumble recovery.

“He’s coming in saying that he is hungry to get a scholarship like big brother and I’m glad that he can put himself in that position with the way he wants to play division one football and follow me and be just like big brother,” Josh explained. “I’m excited to have him here, it’s going to be different, it’s going to be fun but we are both excited.”

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