Hawkins Eyeing Northwestern

Rancho Cucamonga High School (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) junior cornerback Chris Hawkins said one school – Stanford – has established itself as the favorite for his services, but he added that he's not ruling anything out at this point.

"That's my number one school right now," the six-foot, 170-pound cover corner said. "[But] I'm not locked into any school … There's also UCLA, Cal, Michigan, Oklahoma and Notre Dame in there, too."

While Northwestern is among the schools that have offered the four-star recruit a scholarship, Hawkins said the school was lacking in one of his key criteria.

"Northwestern's a great school," Hawkins said. "It's just they don't have a track and field program."

Even in spite of that, Hawkins, who is also a standout hurdler, said a visit to Northwestern was a possibility. The junior currently has the fastest time in the 300-meter hurdles in California during the 2012 outdoor season, as he ran a 39.3 at a recent meet.

Noting the university's stellar academic reputation, Hawkins said his father has pushed for a trip to Evanston, Ill., and he said that, if that happens, anything is possible.

"If we do go out there, and they change my mind, then I might be attending [Northwestern]," he said. "My dad said they're a great academic program, and I could do great things at that school."

Hawkins did, however, concede that's he not a big fan of cold weather.

Thus far, Hawkins, ranked as the No. 7 cornerback in the nation by Scout, has attracted interest from all of the Pac 12, as well as a host of other schools across the country, including Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Hawaii.

At this point, though, Hawkins' visits have been confined to California, as he has only taken a firsthand look at Stanford, California and UCLA.

Meanwhile, Northwestern has extended offers to two other four-star cornerbacks in the class of 2013: Gareon Conley of Washington High School (Massillon, Ohio) and Johnell Barnes of Dunbar High School (Fort Myers, Fla.).

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