As a prep at Rosa Fort High School in Tunica, Miss., Hawkins drew a lot of attention from schools in the SEC, ACC and Big 12. However, he was unable to qualify, so he decided to go the JC route.
He is now on track to graduate in December and have three years to play two seasons at that level. In addition to Oklahoma State, Hawkins had offers from Kansas State, Kentucky, Mississippi State, and Southern Miss., and he had interest from a number of other schools including Auburn and Mississippi.
Earlier this summer he took an inofficial visit to Oklahoma State and had these comments for Go Pokes a few days later.
"I was there from Friday through Sunday," Hawkins said of the trip in mid-June. "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
The big tackle that can be very intimidating to line up head to head with has confidence and told Scout's Scott Eklund he felt he was ready for Division I.
"I knew I could play D-1 ball and I wanted to have a chance to do that so I figured Northwest was the right place for me to be," Hawkins said.
As a freshman, Hawkins held down the left side of the Rangers' offensive line and said he learned 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. "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."
We have a call into Hawkins for his comments, but understand from school officials that they are in summer exams and also working out as well. In the past Hawkins has been good about calling us back.
Hawkins is the 10th known verbal commitment to Oklahoma State for the 2012 recruiting class. He is the fourth offensive line commitment in the class joining Tim Hines, Greg Brantley, and another new commitment on Monday in Paul Lewis, who was in Stillwater on Sunday at Oklahoma State's one-day camp.