The last time Pack Pride spoke with Lawrenceville (GA) Central Gwinnett RB/LB Johnathan Hawkins, he was coming off an unofficial visit to NC State for the Wolfpack's spring game. It has been a while since then and NC State is still front and center in his mind.
Closing the deal with Hawkins will not be easy as two of college football's strongest programs are also recruiting him heavily. Florida State has offered and the Seminoles are among the three schools recruiting Hawkins the hardest. NC State and Stanford are the other two that Hawkins feels are showing the most interest although Stanford has yet to offer.
According to Hawkins Stanford is only waiting for the results of his SAT score. If he hits a sufficiently high mark then they could be the next to offer.
Hawkins has visited Florida State twice, and he has been to NC State that one time in the spring. If Stanford offers he wants to learn a little more about them, but he feels like he knows enough about the ACC schools recruiting him.
He camped at Georgia State this summer. The coaches from Penn State were there and Hawkins said he is also waiting to hear back from them. Penn State has told him that they will be reevaluating his tape and getting back with him in a couple of weeks.
"I'm done with visits this summer. I haven't thought about official visits but I know I want to take some."
Hawkins said he will probably visit NC State again. He doesn't know when but that's one visit he thinks he would enjoy on the basis of how his first trip went.
"It was really fun there. I had a great day there at NC State. I liked the facilities and me and Coach Nielsen talk a lot. He's a cool guy. He's easy to get along with. Me and him talked a couple of times and he seems like a good guy. When I was up there I talked to their head coach, the running backs coach, Coach Nielsen and a couple of other coaches. I met pretty much the whole staff.
"I think Coach Nielsen wants me to play defense. Every other school wants me as a running back. I would prefer running back. I only played linebacker one year and I'm not really that comfortable there yet. But wherever I fit will be good."
Hawkins is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com.