New DMV WR Hawkins Looking To Catch UMD's Eye

Emerging class of 2016 wideout Zack Hawkins just transferred to Bullis from renowned powerhouse Bergen Catholic (Bergen, N.J.) Feb. 3

The Terps are actively recruiting Bullis (Potomac, Md.) four-star junior quarterback Dwayne Haskins, and now they have one of his new primetime receivers on their radar. Emerging class of 2016 wideout Zack Hawkins just transferred to Bullis from renowned powerhouse Bergen Catholic (Bergen, N.J.) Feb. 3, and one of the primary reasons he opted for the Potomac, Md., school was a chance to reunite with fellow Jersey native Haskins.

“My dad had to change jobs and we decided to move to the DMV area, and when we decided to move down here we looked at Bullis because I played with Dwayne in the eighth grade for USA Football,” the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Hawkins said. “So I knew who Dwayne was, and I know what he’s done down there [at Bullis]. Dwayne is a really good friend, so I’m looking to be one of his primary receivers this year.

“But so far, just being down here for a couple days, it’s been great. I'm really liking the place. I met most of the football players in my grade, and a couple seniors and sophomores too, and everyone has been great.”

Hawkins said he’s hit it off with his new quarterback and friend from back home. In fact, the Jersey wideout said he and Haskins have already gone back and forth about hooking up on downfield bombs beyond their senior seasons at Bullis.

“Definitely, going to school together is something we’d love. I’ve already been talking to Dwayne, and we’re talking about what we can do this year [at Bullis] and then keep building on that in college,” Hawkins said. “So we’ll see what happens and what kind of offers I get. I know he’s looking at some of the same schools I am like Maryland, Rutgers, schools like that.”

Now, Hawkins doesn’t have his pick of schools like Haskins does. In fact, the former Bergen receiver lacks a single verbal to this point.

That could easily change this offseason, however.

Hawkins said Temple, Rutgers, Boson College, North Carolina, Wake Forest and UMD have shown initial interest, with the Owls the closest to anteing up.

“I think by the end of the offseason Temple is probably going to offer,” Hawkins said. “They think I’m a smooth player and I can fit well into their offense.”

Hawkins isn’t sure exactly where the Terps stand with him yet, but he’s had some contact with the staff. Apparently both he, Haskins and a couple other notable juniors trekked over to College Park, Md., last month for an impromptu visit, giving Hawkins a chance to interact with receivers’ coach Keenan McCardell and head coach Randy Edsall.

“I’m pretty sure Maryland is going to start coming with the looks pretty soon. I went down there with Dwayne and visited, and the coaching staff liked me. They want to see me work out and all that [this spring], but they were saying some good things and said they’d be looking at me,” Hawkins said. “I know Coach [Keith] Dudzinski recruits New Jersey, and he came through our school a couple times, but I haven’t met the guy who recruits Bullis yet [for Maryland]. I definitely want to get to know [Chad Wilt] though and build a relationship with him.”

As for the visit itself, Hawkins said College Park and the UMD staff caught his eye. He said he could “definitely” see himself attending school at Maryland.

“I was really impressed with the campus and I really think it’s a good place for me. I talked to Coach McCardell and Coach Edsall, and they said they want to see me run routes, catch some passes, things like that,” Hawkins said. “I thought they were both cool, and I know Coach McCardell played in the NFL, so that’s pretty cool. I think Maryland would be a great opportunity for me. Hopefully they offer.”

Besides trekking to UMD, Hawkins has visited Temple, Connecticut and Boston College. He plans to attend multiple junior days and trips this offseason, including a possibly return to Maryland later in February. Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Duke, UNC and others are on his radar too.

“I’d definitely like to get interest from some of the really good academic schools like Duke, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. I know Maryland has good academics too, so that’s a school I’ll be looking at too,” Hawkins said.

At this point, Hawkins has no “ideal” suitors or dream schools he’d like to pull an offer from. He said his main focus is on proving himself and enticing one program to take a chance on him.

“My role last year at Bergen was mostly a blocking role, because our offense was mostly zone-read. We didn’t really throw the ball, and it was more power and moving the ball on the ground,” Hawkins said. “So I’m definitely looking to show what I can do as a receiver catching the ball this year from Dwayne.”

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