RECRUITING: Life Is Good For Tim Hawthorne

His team is undefeated (7-0) and marching towards another state title. He's being recruited by virtually every major college program in the south and, he has a supportive family surrounding him every step of the way. Tim Hawthorne has plenty to be thankful for these days.

(Tim Hawthorne profile)

When caught up with Hawthorne Sunday night, he and his family were attending a dinner gathering at his church just outside of Birmingham, Alabama.

"Everything is going good right now," said Hawthorne, a 6-2, 195-pound four-star rated (by wide receiver from Homewood. "I'm getting lots of calls from Coach (John) Hevesy at Florida."

Hawthorne holds the season and career receiving records at Homewood. As a junior, he had 84 catches for 1,360 yards with 14 touchdowns.

Florida has become a focus of attention because of its innovative offense and willingness to get the ball in the hands of its playmakers.

"I like the way that the spread offense gets the ball to its receivers," said Hawthorne.

He also likes the idea that Florida wide receivers and the National Football League are synonymous.

"Florida has produced a lot of NFL receivers and that's exciting to me," He said.

Hawthorne, who is fully qualified academically, was very busy this past summer, attending camps at Alabama, Auburn, Louisville and Tennessee. "The camps showed me what I needed to work on," he said.

He visited Florida's camp during the summer but he did not participate in any workouts.

The outcome of the Florida-Alabama game and the commitment of his high school teammate David Ross to the Crimson Tide won't sway his final decision. He's said before that he has no problems leaving the state of Alabama if he feels his best opportunity is elsewhere.

"I haven't changed my mind on that" he said.

When asked when he might make a visit back to Gainesville he said "I hope that the Florida-Florida State game is a possibility."

He is also waiting to hear from the selection committee at the U.S. Army All American Game.

"I can almost guarantee that I'll make my commitment on TV at that game," he said.

In the meantime, he's got his attention squarely on helping his team win a state championship. The road to a state title won't be easy though because the Homewood Patriots have a challenging schedule facing them the last three weeks of their regular season. They have 5A, Region 3 games against tenth-ranked Briarwood Christian and third-ranked Benjamin Russell left at home and then they finish with Vestavia Hills (6A) on the road.

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