"I didn't know Louisville was like it was. Nine out of ten times, you go watch a spring game, the defense is ahead of the offense. During the two hour scrimmage, the offense had to at least put up 65 points against the first string defense. They had the number one scoring offense in the country last year. The running backs were making cuts, and the receivers were making big plays. They distribute the ball very well," said Hawthorne.
The high octane offense was not the only thing to impress one of the south's top receivers.
"The facilities were second to none. They were just as good as any of the facilities I have seen in the south. It's a real down to earth campus. The basketball team played in the final four, and the football team finished in the top ten last year. The environment is fantastic. The football team is on the rise, and they are going to be really good this year. I wouldn't mind being a part of something like that. It's a nice place."
The Louisville coaches made Hawthorne feel as if he is 'a must' for their 2006 signing class.
"I was able to speak with Coach Whitt. He is my recruiting coach. He said he will come visit during the first week of May. I talked to him before and after the scrimmage. He is the one who informed me about the offer. I talked to Coach Paul Petrino. He is the wide receivers coach. He said I was the one he was waiting to see all day. He was very excited to see me. He said I had a chance to play early. I spoke briefly to Coach Bobby Petrino. They all seem like really good guys," said Hawthorne.
This weekend, Hawthorne plans to take another unofficial visit, but to a school who has already extended an offer.
"I am planning to go down to Alabama Friday afternoon for an unofficial visit. I talked to Coach Cheese, and he wants me to come down there. I have not been able to spend a lot of time with Coach Shula or Coach Harbison. I would like to go down there to visit with them. Next weekend, I have a Sectional track meet at Paul Bryant High School Saturday. I am going to the Scout.com combine in Starkville Sunday."
"I hope the offers keep rolling in. Several coaches have been calling my coach everyday. The best has yet to come. After the Scout.com combine, the eight offers I have, could go up to 25. I am just really blessed," Hawthorne added.