The Opening: Chris Hawkins

The Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) cornerback, four-star Chris Hawkins, toughed it out at The Opening, and also used the weekend to get to know the other USC commits...

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) cornerback Chris Hawkins (6-0, 170), didn't let a broken finger keep him from participating at The Opening over the weekend.

"It was very important to me to play, because that's all my heart and my pride," said Hawkins. "I wouldn't let myself come and not perform at this, broken finger or not. We were born and raised to perform and I'll teach my kids the same."

Hawkins said the finger wasn't even a detriment over the weekend, and he enjoyed the The Opening.

"The overall experience was great and you can go against the best players in the country and see where you stand on the field," said Hawkins. "Me and Tahaan being here together brings a lot of pride to Rancho Cucamonga and it's a very cool thing to be a part of. We're a lot alike and we're like brothers and we like to stay together all the time."

While in Beaverton, Hawkins got to know a number of USC commits who were also there, and did a little recruiting for the Trojans.

"I've been trying to recruit Laquon Treadwell, and he told me he definitely wants to visit, but that was the only recruiting I've been doing," said Hawkins. "Really, I was trying to get to know all the other recruits better."

And there were several to choose from, even though Hawkins and Michael Hutchings were the only defensive verbals.

"Me and Hutch, we're real good friends and we joked with Max Browne that we're going to be catching his passes in practice, but he didn't seem to find that really possible, and he just laughed," joked Hawkins.

Just days after leaving the state of Oregon, the Oregon Ducks offered Hawkins, but his father said he remains solidly a Trojan.

Hawkins, who's done just about every camp and 7on tournament imaginable, has one more event left, Gridiron Kings at the end of the month.

"I'm not doing anything until Gridiron Kings and then I'm after that and will just get ready for my senior season and then for early graduation," said Hawkins.

Brandon is in his eighth year with FOX Sports NEXT, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the FOX Sports NEXT Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the FOX Sports NEXT network since 2003.
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