Hawkins Spends Long Weekend In Stillwater

"Man, it has been blazing hot, and then you walk outside the coliseum and it is pouring rain," said Northwest Mississippi Community College standout offensive tackle Donald Hawkins on Wednesday afternoon when asked if it was hot on the Senatobia, Miss. campus where Hawkins is working out and attending summer school. When told to try to stay cool, he laughed real big.

Real big is what Donald Hawkins is, and real good is what he has developed into at Northwest Mississippi as the 6-5, 320-pound offensive tackle is the anchor of the offensive line and one of the best offensive line prospects in the junior colleges in the south.

Originally out of Rosa Fort High School in Tunica, Miss., Hawkins is a devastating run-game blocker and a much lighter than imagined protector in backing up on pass plays.

"Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, of course, Oklahoma State, Southern Miss, and Kentucky are my top schools," Hawkins answered when asked for his top choices, adding that Auburn and Mississippi are waiting to see his transcript before offering wanting to make sure he will graduate in December.

He visited one of those favorite schools last weekend when he spent the weekend in Stillwater, Okla.

"I was there from Friday through Sunday," Hawkins started. "I was there to check the campus and make an unofficial visit. It was great. I loved it.

"I spent time with Coach (Joe) Wickline (offensive line coach) and the head coach, Coach (Mike) Gundy. There were two players that showed me around. I got to see the apartments and all of the football facility. It is really nice," he said.

Hawkins said he is looking to major in criminal justice or physical education and go into coaching.

Oklahoma State definitely is under consideration, but Hawkins said he is not rushing just yet. He said he is still trying to live up to some of those comments about best junior college lineman in Mississippi.

As a freshman, Hawkins held down the left side of the Rangers' offensive line while learning a lot in his first year of college football.

"I've always been a better pass-blocker, but I can run-block well too," Hawkins said to Scott Eklund of Scout. "I love going up against defensive ends one-on-one and just battling it out.

"I learned some different techniques and different things. The guys here are fast, so you have to be ready for that, but I think I handled it pretty well and I'm just focused on improving this summer in all aspects."

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