Hawkins Planning ND Visit ...But When?

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High cornerback Chris Hawkins was recently offered by Notre Dame and plans on making a visit to South Bend, Ind. But when will he be there? He spoke to IrishEyes.com about it.

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High cornerback Chris Hawkins is nearly a year away from making his college choice, and isn't sure which schools he will visit in the spring or fall.

The Irish recently offered the 6-foot, 170-pound Hawkins, and he plans on having Notre Dame heavily in the picture for a while.

"They like my size, my speed and they like me because I have great grades and a great personality," Hawkins said. "They talked about having me come to some spring practices. My dad and I are trying to work around my B2G training and games, but if we don't get a chance to go out there (in the spring), I will definitely take an official visit out there."

Hawkins grew up a USC fan, but the Trojans haven't offered and asked him to come to a camp for evaluation before doing so.

His knowledge of the Irish isn't deep, but Hawkins understands the academic history and prestige of a Notre Dame education.

"It's a real good school, it's Catholic and they have one of the best traditions in the country," he said. "(Education), that's the No. 1 thing. If I don't make the NFL, if I don't have a great college career, I want a degree to fall back on that can get me a job right away.

"When I walk in the door and show them I have a degree from Notre Dame, they'll be like, ‘Oh, you've got the job already.' "

Hawkins is yet to speak with Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, but he is enjoying getting to know Irish assistant Mike Denbrock.

"I love the coaches so far, the ones I talked to," Hawkins said. "I like the tradition they have. I've seen the stadium and it's just great, and the Notre Dame factor, the school by itself is just great. (Denbrock) is the one I talk to every week, I love coach Denbrock. He's fired up to get me recruited."

Hawkins listed Stanford, Michigan, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and California as other schools that have him excited, but it will be a while before he makes a decision.

"I will be taking all five of mine and then I will make my decision after that," Hawkins said.

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