Junior defensive tackle Aeneas Hawkins has emerged as one of the top prospects in Ohio.
The 6-foot-3, 260-pounder from Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati holds scholarship offers from Florida State, Florida, Kentucky, Notre Dame and Tennessee, among others.
Hawkins, a three-star prospect, has a couple more visits scheduled this summer before the start of two-a-day practices.
“There are a few new offers here and there and I did a few different camps this summer too,” Hawkins said. “I'm heading to Penn State this Wednesday and possibly Georgia after that.”
The three-star prospect plans to return to Notre Dame this fall for the game against Stanford.
He has remained in close contact with the Irish coaching staff and a pair of Notre Dame’s 2018 commitments.
“Since they've offered they've just been letting me know that they're very interested in me and that they want me to be a part of their program,” he said. “I've mainly been staying in contact with guys like Phil Jurkovec and Markese Stepp. They've really been saying good things about Notre Dame.”
Notre Dame’s commitments shared their reasons for choosing the Irish. Having already visited Notre Dame before, Hawkins understands their decision.
“They've told me that committing to Notre Dame is a decision I won't have to worry about regretting,” Hawkins said. “They talk about the culture at Notre Dame that I've already gotten to witness firsthand. They talk a lot about the goals that 2018 commits have already begun establishing.”
Jurkovec’s message resonated with Hawkins.
“Phil told me that I have a home at Notre Dame and he gave them as good of an endorsement as any of their coaches have, and that's not easy to do,” Hawkins said. “Those guys make Notre Dame seem like a no brainer and they make me excited to go and visit again.”