WR Randall Hawkins from Byrnes High School in Duncan, SC was the Palmetto State's top receiver as a junior in 2006. He was the beneficiary of being the go-to guy for current Clemson QB Willy Korn. Now a senior, Hawkins is hard at work to match his impressive numbers from last season as well as trying to land his first scholarship offer.
At 6-0, 197 pounds and 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, the combination of Korn and Hawkins was nearly impossible to stop last year. The two hooked up for 85 completions, 1,262 yards and 17 touchdowns.
While helping lead Byrnes to a perfect 7-0 record in 2007, Hawkins has continued to put up solid numbers. He's already hauled in 35 passes for roughly 500 yards and tallied a couple of touchdowns along the way. However, he still finds that first scholarship offer elusive.
"I haven't gotten any offers yet," said Hawkins. "I am hearing from schools like NC State, Rutgers, Florida State, Appalachian State and Kentucky. Rutgers, Florida State and Kentucky have been by the school to request more film so they could evaluate me. NC State hasn't been by yet but they said they would probably be by next week, though."
The Wolfpack did have a chance to host Hawkins and teammate Curtis Thompson a couple of weeks ago when State took on Louisville. Hawkins reflected on his visit to Raleigh.
"It was good," said Hakwins. "I liked the atmosphere there and their fans. They were in to it. State played hard even though they lost. I also had a chance to talk to coach Bridge some while I was there."
While he continues to await his first offer, Hawkins said he isn't ready just yet to name any favorites.
"Right now, I'm just really trying to keep all my options open so I don't really have any top schools. I'm just trying to get into a good college because I'd like to major in either sports management or criminal justice."