"The crowd was really into it," said Tim Hawthorne. "There really was a 12th man." I talked with Simeon [Castille] after the game and he said the Florida receivers were having a hard time getting off their jams. Chris Leak and Chad Jackson were really frustrated. Alabama just wanted it more."
Tyrone Prothro's career-season injury has been replayed across the nation on many highlight reels and it is a tough thing to watch.
"That was a horrible thing to see--Prothro go down like that. I watched the replay on television and it was nasty," Hawthorne said.
Hawthorne is interested in an offense that throws the ball. Alabama proved a point Saturday to several high-octane minded players.
"It was great," Hawthorne said about the Tide's offense. "Brodie throws it deep and also seeing the receivers make big plays was real good."
Equally impressive was Alabama's defense and Hawthorne said, "The defense set the tone for the entire game."
After the game the Tide coaches were eager to speak with the top receiver on the recruiting board.
"I talked with Coach [Mike ] Shula, Coach Cheese [Charlie Harbison] and Coach [Dave] Rader," he said. "I talked to all the coaches. They want me to return for the Tennessee game. I will definitely make an unofficial for that."
Hawthorne has been tight-lipped about naming many favorites. The Crimson Tide looks good to the Patriot receiver.
"They've [Alabama] been at the top of my list for a while. They're not moving up because they were already up there."
Hawthorne does not play in the second half of his high school games due to big wins each week.
"We blew-out Valley. I did not play the second half. I returned one punt 55 yards, but it was called back because of a penalty. I had one 25-yard touchdown pass. Actually, I had three touchdowns called back in the game.."
Hawthorne has tentative plans to attend the Tennessee-Georgia game.
Homewood will play Talladega Friday night. Talladega got beat by Valley and therefore, it is doubtful Hawthorne will see action in the second half.