Hawkins pledges allegiance to Tigers

Walker, La. running back Chris Hawkins' career has been well documented. <br><br> After leading Class 4A in rushing as a sophomore with 1,610 yards in 2002, Hawkins' name popped up on a number of watch lists heading into his junior campaign. Although his production was cut in half this past season, it was what Hawkins did on defense that caught LSU head coach Nick Saban's eye.

"I think LSU is looking at him as more of a DB because of his ability to get to the ball," said Walker head coach John Guerrin. "He has tremendous running and jumping ability."

Playing at a size comparable to LaRon Landry, Hawkins was a dual threat for Walker a year ago.

"He rushed for over 800 yards last season," Guerrin said. "But I cut his carries in half because he was playing a lot of defense for us."

Hawkins was a player flying under the radar screen for the most part. However, when the LSU coaching staff saw what he had to offer, they jumped at the opportunity – Hawkins accepted.

"Chris has averaged over five yards a carry in his three years here," Guerrin said. "he can run between the tackles and has good open field speed. Once he gets in the secondary, no one is going to catch him."

Guerrin admitted he did not have an accurate 40 time on Hawkins, but guaranteed he could fly.

"I actually have not timed him in the 40 in a while," Guerrin said. "He has been playing basketball and has just started running track. He runs the 100, 200 and 400 meters."

Hawkins was recently named first team all-district in basketball.

As far as academics, Guerrin aid Hawkins has a 3.1 GPA.

"He is about to take the ACT in April," Guerrin added.

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