Two finalists for three-star LB Hawthorne

Brandin Hawthorne (6-1, 196) plans to announce his decision in less than two weeks and the talented three-star linebacker from Pahokee (FL) has narrowed his list down to two finalists. Did Louisville make Hawthorne's final cut?

Brandin Hawthorne will announce his college decision on August 30 when Pahokee travels to Mississippi for an ESPN televised contest against Olive Branch High. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound linebacker says he'll choose between two programs – Michigan and Louisville.

"I've decided to take my visits after I commit," Hawthorne said. "I'm going to announce my decision August 30. I've got Michigan and Louisville – them two left. I've built a good relationship with the coaches at both schools. I want to get it (recruitment) over with."

Hawthorne was also strongly considering West Virginia, along with South Florida, Tennessee and Iowa State before cutting his list to a pair of finalists.'s #32 weakside linebacker said he cut the Mountaineers from his list because they have too many players at his position right now.

"I talked to [current WVU linebacker) Ja'Tavious Miller and he said they have like 16 linebackers so don't come up here," Hawthorne said.

So what stands out about Louisville besides a good relationship with linebackers coach Bill Miller?

"I like their defense and how aggressive it is," Hawthorne said. "Coach Miller told me they need players – help at linebacker. So I could come right in and play if I go in and do what I'm doing already."

How big of a factor will early playing time be in Hawthorne's decision? "That's a major factor," he said. "Michigan is telling me the same thing that I could play as a freshman."

What does Michigan have going for it? "I like those fans – 100,000-plus," said Hawthorne.

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