Signing Day Capsule: Brad Hawkins

Get to know 2017 Michigan wide receiver signee Brad Hawkins on national signing day.

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HIS RECRUITING STORY

This will be the second time that wide receiver Brad Hawkins will be announced as a Michigan signee. Academically ineligible to attend U-M, Hawkins elected to enter Suffield Academy for a prep year to get things back on track. Although it appeared at certain points that Hawkins wouldn't be returning to the program, he announced that he was still committed to the Wolverines and would be a member of the 2017 recruiting class.

SCOUTING REPORT

"Paye has good closing speed and he plays with high energy. He works through double teams and will chase a play down the field. He needs to improve his explosiveness at the snap of the ball to put more pressure on the offensive tackle so he can use speed around the edge to go with his power and inside moves. His hands are active and he has good strength. He disengages with force but he needs to add strength in the upper body." -- Brian Dohn

WHY MICHIGAN?

From 2016:

Hawkins head coach spoke with Scout.com about Hawkins decision, adding it was important for him and teammate Ron Johnson to play together at the next level:

“He gelled really well with the coaches and he liked the vibe with the coaches,” Camden coach Dwayne Savage said. “He felt like (coach Jim) Harbaugh was down to earth, and with all the former NFL coaches, he feels that might be his best chance to get to the next level.” 

“To be honest with you, we put it out there Day One that these guys want to play together,” Savage said. “They possibly want to be roommates for that comfort level they have with each other.”

BOTTOM LINE

With depth issues at both wide receiver and safety, it is likely that Hawkins gets chance to fight for either position heading into the season. With the addition of other high level recruits at receiver, seeing Hawkins at safety is a real possibility. The coaching staff will leave no stones unturned when it comes to finding the best playmaker at every position.


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