Hawkins definitely has the measurables of an SEC prospect. Standing at 6-foot-2, 218-pounds, and running the forty in 4.6 (seconds), Hawkins has the measurables of a linebacker or safety. "I do about anything (on the field)," said Hawkins. "I cover; I come up and hit. I cover the deep ball. You can just call me a football player," he said. "I would snap the ball on field goals or punt. I'll do anything," he said.
Love for the game is clear in Hawkins description of himself and he also recognizes where he needs to improve for the next level. "I need to improve my speed. When I'm a freshman, I want to get down to 4.4 or 4.5," he said.
As a junior, Hawkins had a knee injury that set him back and slow him down. But prior to that injury, he was a hot prospect nationally. "Every school in the country was recruiting me. Texas Tech, Florida, UCLA, Oregon State," he said. "I went to a national combine and I was rated the number 37 prospect there. Before my injury, I might have been the best safety in the nation," he finished.
So did Hawkins hear from Kentucky before the injury? "I heard from them a little," he said.
Hawkins was invited up to Lexington to see the Governor's Cup matchup against Louisville and he was sold.
"It really felt like home," said Hawkins. "Before the game we came out of the tunnel. It was the biggest thing I've seen in my life. The fans were roaring," he said. "I liked how much the coaches seemed to want me. They thought I could come in and play," he finished.
This season, through five games, Hawkins has 60 total tackles for Etowah High School (AL.) even though he's changed positions. "I had to move down to linebacker because we had injuries. This year has been a learning year," he said. "I'm not as fast as I used to be. But before I report, I'll be back to where I used to be. I'd say I'm playing at about 90% and wearing that brace restricts my leg movement," he said.
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