Hawkins Likes ECU

Marcus Hawkins from Freedom High School (Morganton, NC) is a 2017 defensive tackle that received an offer from East Carolina in May. IES spoke with him about his recruiting process and more.

Defensive tackle Marcus Hawkins from Freedom High School (Morganton, NC) has received an offer from East Carolina and it is his only offer. Hawkins, who is playing some defensive end this year, is also being recruited by some top schools in the country.

Hawkins visited East Carolina in the spring and received an offer from the Pirates during the visit. He was able to talk to coaches about what his role may be on the team and Hawkins liked what he heard about the ECU football program.

“They got a good program,” said Hawkins. “They like to build things brick by brick and that’s what it is going to take to build a program up. He [Ruffin McNeill] is doing a good job.”

Primarily a defensive tackle, Hawkins is also going to play some defensive end this season. This will be his first year playing the defensive end position. Hawkins was told by defensive line coach Marc Yellock that he would play at the defensive end and tackle in the Pirates 3-4 scheme.

Hawkins skill sets fits the mold of a prototypical 3-4 lineman. At 6-foot-2 and 256 pounds, the defensive lineman possess quick speed coming off the edge.

My strength is coming off the edge and I do a pretty good job at containing the outside,” said Hawkins. “I work down the line pretty good and I can work the line of scrimmage and getting off blocks.”

With two more seasons of high school football left, Hawkins is working on improving. A lot of that improvement is focused on getting physically and mentally better.

Main thing is to get faster,” said Hawkins. “And not just getting physically strong but mentally strong. Also work on my change of direction and footwork.”

The North Carolina native is also getting looked at by other top schools but has not received offers yet. The list of schools include Purdue, Northwester, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest.

When making a decision he not only will think about the best fit for him, but also the best fit for his family and friends. Hawkins wants to go to a school where he will feel like he is at home. But he is just excited to be recruited by each school.

“It’s exciting,” said Hawkins. “If you’re playing a sport you dream about and your dream becomes a reality, it’s like wow I’m really here.”

Hawkins will be in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium for East Carolina’s game against Virginia Tech.

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