Brandin Hawthorne Feeling a Little Blue

With the commitment of Jeremy Gallon, new-Michigan once again shows U-M fans that Florida will be prime U-M recruiting territory. One name that U-M recruitniks need to be familiar with is junior weak side linebacker Brandin Hawthorne from Pahokee. He's the teammate of incoming frosh Martavious Odoms, and U-M is looking to take advantage of the connection. GBW talked to Hawthorne and his coach.

Brandon Hawthorne participated at the Armour/ Combine held in Miami, Fla. in April. He measured in at 6-0, 185 pounds (he has the frame to add weight and more size easily) and tested at 4.7 for the 40 yard dash and 35.5 inches at the vertical jump station.

Hawthorne is letting his coach conduct the recruiting business, but he took the time to talk to GoBlueWolverine about his interest in the Maize and Blue. "Coach Shafer and Coach Smith are recruiting me for Michigan, for weak side linebacker. Coach Smith talks about Michigan being a different level, the big stage and a whole different caliber of football."

Pahokee head coach Blaze Thompson adds, "Brandin is being told outside linebacker who will run and make big hits along with making solid tackles. A program like Michigan is a powerhouse that is always competing. Michigan is a great program."

Hawthorne has offers from the likes of Tennessee, Iowa State, Southern Mississippi, South Florida, Kansas State, as well as Michigan. Brandin doesn't plan to hit many summer camps, instead just working out and preparing for the season. He admits that he may try to hit an area camp but that it isn't a priority since he has a plan in place.

"I may visit South Florida or the Florida camp but I'm not sure," Hawthorne reported.

And, his plan: "I plan on making my decision our televised game against the South Carolina team."

He will visit Ann Arbor before he makes his choice. "I will get up to Michigan in September during an official visit," he said. "Martavious will be up there and I will be able to stay with him."

Asked if Odoms is giving him a pro-U-M sales pitch, Hawthorne responds in the affirmative. "Martavious tells me that Michigan is one of the biggest schools I will see and that I won't believe just how big everything is, and how much of a difference I'll see when I take my visit. We talk everyday, not always about recruiting. We chill and talk about stuff -- all of us Vincent (Smith) and Nu'Keese (Richardson). Martavious wants somebody else to come to Michigan with him."

Brandin adds, "Martavious is ready to go, he is in shape and will be ready to play."

The connection with Odoms may be why Hawthorne proclaimed Michigan his leader earlier in the week.

"My top five is going to be Michigan, South Florida, Louisville, Tennessee and West Virginia ... in that order," he told earlier in the week. "I like everything about (Michigan). They have the biggest campus I've ever seen. I'm going to go stay with Martavious Odoms when he gets up there and check out the place."

The Wolverines are likely impressed with Hawthorne's abilitiy against the run, an area of the game in which he is very active. He makes up for what he lacks in bulk with athleticism and pursuit ability. He clearly has very good physical tools, but needs to put on a bit more weight and strength to be an impact Big Ten linebacker. He is confident that Rich Rodriguez and his staff can help him get to that point.

"I like Coach Rodriguez," Hawthorne said. "I think that he can prepare me very well for college. I will be at Michigan for my official visit early so that I make my decision in September."

Be sure to check out GBW's entire interview with Pahokee head coach Blaze Thompson.

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