Offers are flowing in for Rancho Cucamonga CB Chris Hawkins, and Michigan, to the surprise of Hawkins himself, came calling as if from nowhere with a scholarship offer in hand.
"I got offered by Michigan last week, and it was just great," Hawkins told GoBlueWolverine. "I didn't even know they were talking to me. The coach hit me up on Facebook and was like, ‘We need to talk to you.' He sent me his number, I called and he said they offered me -- and I was just blessed."
Despite having no contact with the Michigan coaching staff prior to receiving his offer, the Wolverines' illustrious history stands out.
"I know they have the most wins in NCAA history and the most championships also," said Hawkins.
As a player, at 6'0, 170 pounds Hawkins uses his size as an advantage at the corner spot.
"I have a nice range, I'm smart, and I can help my safety out and play my position fully at the same time," said Hawkins. "I'm very fast and quick out of my breaks (as well)."
Though it's early, Hawkins plans on making the rounds in the spring to get a feel for the in-state schools but also a couple of Midwest ones as well.
"Me and my dad are planning on visiting Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Nebraska during the spring to check out some spring games and stuff like that," said Hawkins. "The local schools -- we'll go see those too. I think we're going to spread it out because my dad wants me to enjoy every bit I get of this. So I think we'll spread it out."
As Hawkins and his father take in a few spring games, the plan is to get a feel for a lot more than just an inter squad scrimmage.
"I need to see the facility, I need to see that the team is a family and not just every player for himself," said Hawkins. "I need to know that they have a great education and that a degree from that college can get you somewhere in life."
Looking at education so strongly along with an established football program, it's obvious why three schools currently stand out among the rest.
"I'm just letting it all come in right now, but Stanford, Michigan and Notre Dame are looking good right now," Hawkins. "All of them have great educations, and all three of them have great football families and football programs. I don't think you can get a better tradition than the Notre Dame tradition and the Stanford education is off the chain, and I love Michigan also. My idol is Charles Woodson and he went there."
Hawkins already patterns his game after the Heisman trophy winner, and this season he'll get the chance to play a similar role to the former Wolverine.
"My coach said this year I can start doing more like him, blitzing off the edge, playing freely, sticking people in the slot sort of like a nickel back," said Hawkins. "I'll try to be more like him, watch his film a little and try to copy my craft just like him."
Hawkins sports a 3.5+ GPA and currently has 18 offers, including from the whole Pac 12 (except USC), plus schools like Oklahoma, U-M and Notre Dame.
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