Signing Day Capsule: Brandin Hawthorne

Brandin Hawthorne was described as a leader, and a player you couldn't compare anyone to, by Pahokee head coach Blaze Thompson. Now he's a member of the Michigan Wolverines along with fellow Pahokee products Vincent Smith and Martavious Odoms.

Brandin Hawthorne
Linebacker 6-0/197/4.72
Pahokee HS (Pahokee, Florida)
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His Recruiting Story

Hawthorne is just one of the now three former Blue Devils of Pahokee on the Michigan roster. Offered early on by Michigan, Hawthorne had clearly always had the Wolverines at the top of his list, and having Martavious Odoms already on the team only strengthened the Maize and Blue's chances.

"I like that I have a former teammate up there, I've got Martavious Odoms," Hawthorne said, "I talk to him like every day. He said they have unbelievable dorms and it's an unbelievable area." A friend of Hawthorne's who committed to an ACC school also took a visit up to Michigan earlier this year. "His mom told me I'm going to love it at Michigan," Hawthorne said.

Though his feelings of Michigan were well known, he committed late in August, a day before the Wolverines started their season.

"For me it came down to the coaches, the players, and just the atmosphere. Another thing is what my former teammate Martavious Odoms has been telling me."

Though many questioned how solid of a commitment it may have been, Hawthorned never wavered, and took his official visit to Michigan when they took on the Badgers of Wisconsin in the 500th game at the Big House. It was an experience Hawthorne loved.

"It was very entertaining… especially the game," Hawthorne said recalling the Maize & Blue's thrilling 27-25 comeback victory over Wisconsin. "I went into the locker room and I was talking to the players and stuff. It was loud. Very loud. All of the coaches were pumped up. Everybody was real excited because they needed that Big Ten win."

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Hawthorne will certainly provide depth to a linebacking corps that's been hit by graduation and transfers recently. He's a self described leader, and that statement has been backed up by teammates and his high school head coach, Blaze Thompson.

"I'm a leader on the field. I'm real aggressive and I play smart. I try to be a student of the game and play physical, fast and hard," Hawthorne described. "I want to improve on my coverage skills and get more picks. I'd like to make more tackles too."

An early enroller into the program, Hawthorne will get a head start on the other defensive products in the class, which could go a long way in his ability to see the field as a true freshman.

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