Miles pursuing Bama WR Hawthorne

Homewood (Ala.) is home to one of the top receivers in the country and one who is getting the full-court press from Les Miles and Jimbo Fisher. As a junior, Tim Hawthorne (6-2, 192, 4.6) posted some crazy numbers that put him on the national radar as one of the top wide outs in America.

He finished with 84 catches for 1,360 yards with 14 touchdowns, which set school records for catches and yards in a season.

Hawthorne said he is fielding calls from over 30 different schools on a weekly basis since the dead period ended on Sept. 1 and the coaches from LSU are some he hears from regularly.

"I talk to the coaches at LSU all the time," Hawthorne said. "Since they have been able to call once a week I have talked to coach Miles and coach Fisher every week."

What are Miles and Fisher telling him?

"They basically just say that they can't wait to get me down there for a visit," said Hawthorne. "Coach Fisher tells me how they have good receivers but they need to build for the future."

Hawthorne said he has never been to LSU to see what things are like on campus but he is well aware of the tradition the program has.

"LSU speaks for itself," he said. "They won the national championship in '03 and they always have good receivers. They brought in Ryan Perrilloux last year and they have JaMarcus Russell so their receivers are always going to be a big part of the offense. They really have a lot of upside and I wouldn't mind being a part of that."

There are several schools that are still in the Tim Hawthorne sweepstakes and it does not look like he will be naming a top five any time soon.

"Man, there are a lot of schools I still like," he said. "There are really too many to mention because I know I'll be leaving some out. I just really can't narrow it down because there are so many I like."

The standout receiver said he is going to try and start narrowing things down soon because he needs to set up his official visits. However, his unofficial visits are going to be just as important in his eyes.

"I am still trying to coordinate with my family about my official visits," he said. "We just don't know yet. I am trying to take as many unofficial visits as I can to the schools that are close to me and then save the officials for the ones that are far away. But just because I don't take an official visit somewhere does not mean that I will not go to that school."

Are there any plans for him to head down to Baton Rouge any time soon?

"I am going to get down to LSU as soon as I can," he said. "I'm probably going there in October. It's kind of uncertain right now but I am definitely going to get down there."

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