Hawkins will watch Oregon home opener

Buena Park (Calif.) athlete Jaylinn Hawkins discusses his summer, the latest in his recruitment and scheduling official visits.

Buena Park athlete Jaylinn Hawkins has been staying focused this offseason. Now standing 6-foot-2, 185-pounds, Hawkins has been concentrating on improving his route-running, hands and speed on offensive while keeping his defensive back skills sharp as well.

"It's my last year of high school so I'm going to go out with a bang," he said. "I'm going to do what I do best and have fun."

Having fun is the key for Hawkins this season. In preparing for the next level, he has his eyes set on breaking some school records and hopefully a deep playoff run. But he really wants to enjoy one last go-round with his high-school teammates.

"That's the main thing," he said. "After this it's a business."

Hawkins claims no leaders at this point in the recruiting process, but he does have one official visit scheduled. He will be in Eugene to watch Oregon take on South Dakota for their home opener on Aug. 30.

He said he's taking a similar approach with each evaluation.

"Just everything overall," he said. "Do I feel comfortable? Do I feel like this could be my next home? I want to see what they offer educationally and see how they run their football (program)."

Hawkins mentioned that he's kept in regular contact with a number of Oregon staff members, ranging from wide receivers coach Matt Lubick to offensive coordinator Scott Frost and secondary coach John Neal.

"We have a good relationship," Hawkins said. "We talk on Facebook, we text, we call. We talk about a lot of things."

Arizona State is another school Hawkins is eyeing for a potential visit. He already has friends within the program and believes they're a school on the rise.

"They're one of the top schools that have recruited me hard," Hawkins said. "I like the way they run things. I have a good relationship with the coaches. They're looking like they're going to have a bright future."

As far as other visits go, Hawkins said he is still weighing his options.

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