Pahokee, Fla. LB Brandin Hawthorne has constantly had his commitment to Michigan called into question, and he's repeatedly rebuffed any rumors that he wasn't solid. Many of the rumors started simply because of his desire to take visits, but there was an innocent reason behind that.
"I had some family (living close to) some of the visits I wanted to take, so that's why I wanted to take them, "Hawthorne explained. "But I don't want Coach Rodriguez thinking I'm not committed. I'm not going to give him a bad impression that I'm not solid to Michigan, so I'm not going to go on visits."
With Hawthorne's Michigan future now unmistakably clear, that's one less thing the coaches in Ann Arbor to worry about. That's clearly a welcomed development considering all the things they have to worry about on the field. For his part, Hawthorne isn't the least bit concerned by the struggles on the field.
"I'm not discouraged by the season because I know it's a rebuilding year," he said. "They're all freshmen, so it's going to take some time. In 2010 we're going to win the Big Ten championship. Martavious (Odoms) said it's alright. They've just got to play hard and when they learn the full system, we'll be alright."
Winning a championship isn't anything new to Hawthorne, as he and his teammates have won several at Pahokee. The speedy backer is playing currently playing through pain in hopes of helping his squad win another.
"I'm wearing a knee brace and I've been going to therapy," he said. "I'm (running) better. The last game I had three sacks, nine tackles, and I returned a fumble 13 yards for a touchdown. We're already the district champions. We've got two more games until the playoffs."
Once the season is over, things will remain hectic for Hawthorne and teammate Vincent Smith. They will both be preparing to head to Ann Arbor as early enrollee's. There have even been rumors that they'd be bringing another teammate with them, but that doesn't look to be in the cards.
"Vincent is still 100 percent (committed to Michigan)," Hawthorne stated. "(His visit) was everything he thought it would be. He felt he was part of a family and loved the coaches. I'm enrolling early and so is Vincent, but Nu'Keese (Richardson) said he isn't going to take visits. We wish him the best if he sticks with Florida."