Hawkins set to graduate this month

In a recent telephone interview, Wolfpack signee Chris Hawkins told StateFans, "All I'm doing is waiting to graduate". Indeed, and the next stop for the super athlete from Henderson (NC) is Raleigh!

Chris Hawkins is going to NC State in July to help the Wolfpack wherever he can contribute. However, his goal is to be under center as a quarterback.

"I'm going in as a freshman and I will do what Coach Amato wants me to do. When Rivers leaves, I want to run that offense."

Chris saw some of the future competition for the QB spot at the Red-White spring game.

"I met Marcus Stone. He is tall, probably about 6'3". He looked good, but if I can go in this year and run an option here or there or a trick play and throw back to Rivers, then that's what I'll do. It's whatever they ask me to do."

Southern Vance Coach Mark Perry told The Insider's Scott Kennedy in an interview last year that Chris is penciled in as an athlete. "They're bringing him [Hawkins] in as an athlete. They're going to let him throw the ball some, catch the ball some, and run the ball some."

Hawkins showed his versatility by leading Southern Vance to an 8-3 record. He threw for nearly 1,500 yards and rushed for another 800 yards as a senior.

Currently Chris is in the middle of wrapping up his final track season at Southern Vance. He runs the 100 and 200 meter along with the 4x100 relay. His best times for the season are 10.59 in the 100 and 21.90 in the 200.

"I am running track right now. We are about to start the Regionals and then we will go to the State Championships. It's on May 16th at NC State."

After the track season is over, NC State fans can look around at the new Murphy Center on the weekends and they might catch a glimpse of Hawkins.

"After track I am going to be working out. I'll be going to State every weekend to work out. I live about 45 minutes from the campus."

Chris also played Point Guard for Southern Vance. He averaged over 22 ppg this past season, and he knows that the Wolfpack coaching staff is in need of a point guard next year.

"I ran the point here and I would like to play basketball there. They are losing Cliff Crawford and Julius Hodge is better when he does not have to run the point."

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While Chris has a lot of plans once he gets to Raleigh, the getting there part is all but completed.

"All I'm doing is waiting to graduate. We do that at the end of then month. I'm just waiting to get to Raleigh. My core classes and my SAT are all good and I am fully qualified."

Hawkins was one of the first commitments last year for the Pack. We asked him about that.

"I have been committed to NC State for over a year now. I thought about Virginia Tech and UNC and a few others, but Chuck Amato is in a building process there and I had to be a part of that. They have a chance to win a National Championship. We play Ohio State the third game and from there, you never know."

Chris plans on rooming with Southern Vance teammate Ernest Jones.

"I plan on rooming with Ernest. He is doing really well there. He was able to go through the spring drills and he got the ‘hard hitter' award."

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