Westlake – Atlanta, Ga.
No. 54 DT in the country
No. 53 overall player in Georgia
DaQuan Hawkins announced he’d be playing football at Georgia on Fox 5’s “Good Day Atlanta.”
Hawkins, a three-star defensive lineman for Westlake High, took his official visit to Georgia on January 23 when he took some time to speak with Mark Richt and tour the campus. A week later the 6-foot-3, 279-pound defensive tackle also visited Missouri.
On National Signing Day, however, Hawkins took the podium at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta to tell the Bulldog Nation he was ready to become a member. Wearing a Georgia bow tie, Hawkins flashed a big smile as he added the final piece of his wardrobe – a hat featuring the power G. As of that moment Georgia added another defensive lineman to its class.
This 8:30 a.m. commitment began quite an interesting National Signing Day for Georgia.
HONORS: Scout.com three-star prospect, No. 45 ranked DT in the nation and No. 14 DT in the South… Dawg Post No. 53 overall player in Georgia… Selected to Region 3AAAAAA first team defense… Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AAAAAA All-State Honorable Mention
SCOUTING: You know, Daquan, really when you look at him, he's as good looking as any of them. He’s a guy that in the very beginning we're thinking maybe this guy can play offense. There's no doubt he could play offense. But then the more time you spend watching him do his thing, you could see that he's going to be a tremendous defensive lineman for us. But he was a guy that both sides of the ball liked. He was on the board the whole time through, and in the end it worked out at defensive line because that's where his heart is and where we think he'll give us the best impact. - Mark Richt
LEGGE’S QUESTION: If defense doesn’t work out for Hawkins is offense in his future?
LEGGE’S THOUGHTS: Hawkins was a late pick up for Georgia, but he wanted to pick the Bulldogs the entire time. Guys like that might not be overwhelmingly talented compared to their peers, but they often know they have to work hard to earn their way. I don’t know what the future holds for Hawkins in Athens. He’s going to have to work twice as hard as most of his teammates to get onto the field, but at least he has his chance to do just that.