"It's offense galore," said the Scout.com 4-star prospect about his interest in the Cardinals program. "They distribute the ball really well. Team's can't double-team players to try and minimize the offense, because they can give it to someone else that can hurt you."
Hawthorne has helped his Homewood, Ala., team to a spot in Friday's Class 5A semi-finals.
"We're 13-0 right now with one more game to get to the championship," said Hawthorne, who made an earlier trip to Louisville in June for Bobby Petrino's QB/WR camp. "My number's are down statistically because I'm being double and triple teamed, plus I missed one game with an injury."
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver needs just 110 more yards to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark for the year.
"I've also returned two punts for touchdowns," he said. "One was for 73 yards and the other was 54 yards."
Playing for a spot in the December 2nd state championship game has helped the highly-sought after prospect set a date to begin reducing his list of school's down from the more than two dozen that have offered scholarships.
"I plan to narrow my list to about eight schools on December 3," Hawthorne recently told Andrew Bone of Scout.com. "That day is the day after the state championship. Hopefully, we will win it again this year."
Hawthorne joins a strong list of prospects set to make visits to the River City this weekend. Others expected on campus are official visitors Deantwan Whitehead, Jeramy Devane, Josh Hawkins and Eugene Sowell. Joining Hawthorne on the unofficial visit list are Aundre Henderson, Nate Cole and Corey Peters.