On Jan. 15, Hawaii hosted three Arizona offensive linemen prospects. Since then, two of the recruits have committed elsewhere - Austin Dixon to Boise State and Grant Hermanns has committed to Purdue.
Tanner Hawthorne, tackle from Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial HS is still on the board, however. Since visiting Hawaii, he has been offered by New Mexico State and Purdue. He visited NMSU last weekend and is at Purdue this weekend.
Hawthorne will decide between the three on National Signing Day.
“I thought it was amazing,” Hawthorne said of Hawaii. “It’s paradise there. The campus is beautiful, the facilities were beautiful. It’s an all-around great place and I got a great vibe from them… They took us to the beach, surfing and on an island tour. The hosts that I had were awesome. I got to ask them questions and they had good answers. Matt Norman and RJ Hollis were my hosts.”
His recruitment with Hawaii was unexpected. He was reached out to after the new coaching staff came in, but retained offensive line coach Chris Naeole has been his primary recruiter.
“I hadn’t heard from them at all,” Hawthorne said. “I never got any letters or direct messages. I just heard Hawaii was going to call me. They called me the next day and they said they wanted to offer me.”
UH made a good impression with their time on the visit, however.
“The offensive line coach, I like him a lot," Hawthorne said. “He he was an NFL pro for a while. I think he’s a good coach. Maybe if my future is there he could help me reach my dream of making the NFL. I think he’d make that possible.”
Last weekend, Hawthorne took his second visit to NMSU. He was originally scheduled to visit Montana, but a scholarship offer closed due to other commits.
“They saw me in spring ball,” Hawthorne said of NMSU. “I didn’t really hear from them during the season, but after the offseason they’ve been in contact with me and they just recently offered me. I was originally offered by Montana but the spot filled up.”
Hawthorne has also added an offer to Purdue and is visiting there this weekend. At the next level, he projects as a tackle.
“Everything has happened pretty quick - It’s pretty stressful,” Hawthorne said. “Waiting to make a decision can be risky because a spot can be filled just like that, like what happened to me with Montana. But I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing. I’ll do anything the coaches want me to do. I can adjust to anything. I’m good in pass protection and run blocking. I can fit into anybody’s offense.”