Note: these are Jim S' words:
LB/RB Andrew Hawken (6-2, 220 lbs., 4.65 in the 40) from Grandville, Mich.
Some in the know believe that Andrew was already among the top three or four overall prospects in the state as a junior. He has been a varsity starter in one of the state's toughest conferences since his freshman year, however he has been overshadowed a bit by another local phenom by the name of Kevin Grady. He has also been held back a bit by injuries; however there is no denying his talent. As a junior he was an honorable mention Class A all-state performer and was named to the Grand Rapids Press area Dream Team as a running back. His college future, however, looks to be on defense. One astute assesor of in-state prep talent compares him to Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk.
Here is the Grand Rapids Press write-up on Andrew: "ANDREW HAWKEN, Grandville: Hawken missed 1 1/2 games this season due to injury, and his team lost them both. So he and the Bulldogs -- after starting out 1-3 -- dug down deep, qualified for the playoffs and advanced to the Division 1 semifinals. On offense, the returning Dream Team running back totaled 23 touchdowns on 181 carries for 1,270 yards and 38 receptions for 462 yards. In his varsity career, he's gone over 3,000 yards. A two-year, two-way starter, he also played linebacker. 'Andrew has great competitive desire,'said Grandville coach Irv Sigler III. 'He is a selfless player who wants to help his team win, and he is willing to do whatever he can. He has great hands and is an excellent open field runner.'"
Here is what the Grand Rapids Advance had to say about him in naming him to one of it's all-area teams: "ANDREW HAWKEN Grandville, RB One of the elite juniors in Michigan, Andrew (6-2, 220) is a D-1 talent who could play either running back or linebacker at the next level. A north-south back who hits the hole with ferocity, Hawken was called up to varsity as a freshman. Since then, he has piled up three straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons. This fall, Hawken bulled his way for 1,205 yards on 126 carries (7.3 avg.), with 18 rushing TDs. Andrew caught 34 passes for 426 yards and four scores."
Andrew is a huge Michigan fan and would most likely commit as soon as he is offered. He already has an early offer from Purdue.
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