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Nyquee Hawkins returning to Penn State; Rutgers, Michigan in mix

Orange (N.J.) High class of 2019 cornerback Nyquee Hawkins talks visits, offers and more.

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Nyquee Hawkins first caught the eyes of Penn State's coaching staff as an eighth grader, and since then the class of 2019 standout built a great relationship with the staff.

Hawkins, who plays at Orange (N.J.) High, will make another trip to Happy Valley on Saturday, but the NIttany Lions are not the only ones after him.

MichiganRutgersConnecticut and Virginia Tech each extended offers, and Hawkins made several trips to Rutgers and one to Virginia Tech. He is planning a visit to Michigan for a spring practice, but a decision is not in his mind.

"I'm going to wait it out for a while and see what else falls into place," he said. "I want to see what my options are going to be."


Hawkins is familiar with Penn State and is looking forward to his return.

"I never been there for a junior day. I've just been there for games and a spring practice, so I want to see how that is," the 6-foot, 180-pound Hawkins said. "I've been there six, seven times. It just feels like home. It's the atmosphere, the coaches ...I love everything about it."

Penn State assistants Ricky Rahne and Terry Smith are Hawkins' main contacts.

"I deal with all the coaches, really," he said. "They had a good year and they are building. They are coming back on top now. It's a great school, (great) academics. It's a great place."

Hawkins was at Rutgers for a recent junior day, and the staff let him know about the importance of keeping talent home.

"I've been there a couple of times and it is nice there," he said. "They are rebuilding, too, and they are trying to get a lot of players to stay home. They've been recruiting a lot of Jersey kids."

Hawkins made a trip for a recent junior day, and met with the coaches. His main recruiter is assistant Bill Busch.

"I saw all the facilities, toured around the campus, we were in the players' lounge, and they just upgraded the weight room," Hawkins said. "(Busch) is a really straight forward dude. He's honest, cool. He is a good coach. I haven't been around him that much, but he gives good vibes whenever I'm around him."

A visit to Michigan for a spring practice is important to Hawkins, who is being recruited by one-time Paramus (N.J.) Catholic coach and current Wolverines assistant Chris Partridge.

"I'm going to visit because I've never been out there," Hawkins said. "I want to see it. I want to tour the campus and I want to meet coach (Jim) Harbaugh. I'm a (San Francisco) 49ers fan, and I'm a 49ers fan. He is changing all of college football around just by him being there."

Hawkins also made a visit to Virginia Tech.

"It's a great campus," he said. "It is real nice and the facilities are great. I like everything about Virginia Tech also. It was a tremendous visit, and it is not that far."

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