Hawkins Loving This Recruiting Class

As the Florida Gators' recruiting class continues to grow and gain notoriety, so does the stature of the class in terms of its ranking. What we have come to learn is that most of the prospects in the class are taking a lot of pride in their own recruiting class and that includes receiver Marqui Hawkins. Hawkins will officially visit later this month and is ready to be a Gator.

Marqui Hawkins had an outstanding season at Columbus (GA) Carver along with the rest of his team.

"It went great," Hawkins said of his senior year. "We made it to the third round and lost to Buford. I made first team All-Bi-City as a receiver. I had 41 catches for 800 yards with six touchdowns."

Hawkins thinks he improved a few things along the way, but believes he needs to improve in some aspects.

"My route running got better. My blocking got better. I am more physical because I gained some weight and am at 6-2.5 and 212 pounds. I lift weights every day.

"I need to work on my route running and speed a little bit. I run track and have improved my form. I have my speed down to a 4.53, but want to work on it a little more."

Hawkins is an athlete in the pure sense of the word and uses that athleticism to be a star on the basketball court as well. He's probably honing some skills that will help him box out on passes coming his way in the future.

"I am playing basketball right now," he said. "We are number one in our region. I play power forward and average 10 points and 15 rebounds a game."

Hawkins entertained the idea for a little while about taking other official visits, but has decided he doesn't want to go anywhere else. He will visit Florida on the weekend of January 18.

"I am done, it is getting close to signing day," he said of visiting elsewhere. I am 100% Gator and am not going anywhere else."

It has been a while since the Florida coaches have come by due to the NCAA schedule for visitations, but he expects his recruiting area coach Brian White to be by soon and mentioned what White and the Florida staff like about the wa7y he plays the game.

"It was before Christmas break, Coach White came out," he said about the last visit. "They will be back up here in a couple of weeks. They tell me they like my physicality and tell me I could be a great player with my size."

Like so many of the other commitments, Hawkins is getting to know his classmates and enjoying the star status of the recruiting class.

"The way I see it is we have the number one recruiting class in 2013," he said. "I know they called it up there last year, but we have the ‘Dream Team' at Florida."

He keeps in touch with a few of them and likes all the receivers in the class naming Alvin Bailey, Demarcus Robinson, Chris Thompson, and Ahmad Fulwood. The fact that Robinson jumped on board last week was not a surprise at all to Hawkins.

"Demarcus Robinson and I text each other all the time," he said. "I wasn't surprised because after we beat his team and he was committed to Clemson, he told me he was going to de-commit and come to Florida with me. It is great having another guy from Georgia now."

Hawkins believes this freshmen-to-be group of receivers can do some special things at Florida and will get in the mix very early.

"No disrespect to the guys that are there already, but I think we can get there and play early and often," he said.

He likes what Florida has to offer in terms of what it anticipates in style of play.

"It is a spread offense and fast tempo," he said. "They want to get them off fast and get a lot of snaps in every game and big plays."

Music to the ears of gator fans from a guy that says he believes he plays the game like NFL receiver A.J. Green. "I see myself making big plays like he does."

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