"I really haven't had much time to trim my list," said Tim Hawthorne. "I have a good list of about fifteen schools right now. Alabama and Auburn are both on the list. Outside the SEC, I have Purdue, Louisville, Clemson and Georgia Tech. It's about half SEC/half outside SEC."
"I should have a top seven by the time the state championship comes around. The game is on December 2, and I plan to be there. I have not set up any official visits. It's up for grabs right now. To let everyone know just because I don't take an official visit to a school doesn't mean I'm not interested," Hawthorne added.
Homewood cruised through the regular season, but will face a tough challenge this week in a hostile environment.
"We didn't play too good on Friday," Hawthorne said. "We beat Paul Bryant 31-7. I played three full quarters. It's only my second game I have played that much the entire year. The only other game was Vestavia when I played the whole game. We play at Stanhope Elmore on Friday. They look alright. They beat Williamson Thursday night."
Hawthorne went out of town over the weekend and said, "I took an unofficial visit to Mississippi State this weekend. I went to see them play Alabama. I thought it was a real good game. Mississippi State was in the game. If they didn't turn the ball over, it's a 3-0 game. Both defenses played really well. Alabama did what they were suppose to do. They are on a mission."
"I am considering Mississippi State now. I talked to Coach [Sylvester] Croom after the game. He told me I have the opportunity to play early if I went there. They have a bright future ahead of them."
David Ross, a verbal commit for the Tide's 2006 class and teammate of Hawthorne's, is assisting Alabama in the recruitment of the star receiver.
"David wants me to go to Alabama so bad," Hawthorne said. "He tells me how much they need me everyday. I really do talk to David about it everyday. I tell him I know."
Playing time is one of the main factors in Hawthorne's decision as he said, "It would definitely be a big plus if I could go in and play early. I want to have the best opportunity to make it to the next level as well. I want to see how good the player-coach relationship is. I want to know if the coaches are being truthful to their players about promises they have made."
"Location won't be a factor at all. I could go all the way out to California or stay in-state and my parents would follow me. I am very blessed," Hawthorne added.
Only two weeks remain of the regular season of college football, and Hawthorne plans to attend two big games.
"I am going to Athens this weekend for the Georgia-Auburn game," he said. "It's going to be huge. If Auburn wins, it will make the Iron Bowl even bigger. It would also shake things up in the East as well. I will definitely attend the Iron Bowl the following weekend."