On the way to Michigan and Michigan State last weekend, Nyquee Hawkins and took a detour for another stop at Penn State. He then made a midweek trip to Maryland, and is going to a Stanford junior day next month.
The trip to the Michigan schools afforded Hawkins his first look at those programs, and Penn State provided more familiarity as the class of 2019 cornerback from Orange (N.J.) High sees his recruitment expand.
"It gives me a different point of view, and I can see what I like," Hawkins said.
Hawkins is being recruited by much of Penn State's staff, including area recruiter Ricky Rahne, cornerbacks coach Terry Smith, safeties coach Tim Banks and coach James Franklin.
"Its good to see the changes going on there, and I keep bonding with the coaches," said Hawkins, who watched a practice. "They look real good. They were running around (making plays). They looked good."
He began visiting Penn State as an eighth grader, and he will return this weekend for the spring game.
"It feels like home," the 6-foot, 180-pound Hawkins said. "They've been recruiting me since I was going into the ninth grade so it does feel like home."
While Penn State feels like home, Hawkins got his first look at Michigan.
Because it was the spring game, coaches had a lot of their plates so Hawkins did not get much time with coach Jim Harbaugh or defensive coordinator Don Brown.
"I had never been there so it was great," Hawkins said. "I just went to the spring game. The fans (stood out), and just seeing the fan base, and how packed it was. How they treated the recruits was nice."
Hawkins said he plans to go back to see the campus and learn more about the school because it was a packed few days, so he did not get a chance to look around.
Prior to the Michigan visit, though, Hawkins was at Michigan State for the first time.
"They showed me their new facilities, their weight room and everything like that," Hawkins said. "Everything was new and I didn't know what to expect."
The Monday trip to Maryland enabled Hawkins to get a look at a school he knew very little about, and a meeting with coach D.J. Durkin.
"It was good. Real good," Hawkins said. "They offered me, so I wanted to see how the facilities were and everything, and how it is at Maryland. The coaching staff and new facilities they built (were impressive).
"Durkin is real young, real cool, high energy. I like him a lot. He was trying to get to know me, and we are trying to build a relationship. I talked to him about the defense, and where I would fit in there."