"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. Scout.com'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.