New Jersey Class of 2019 safety standout Nyquee Hawkins has been to Penn State so many times, he’s lost count.
His first trip to Happy Valley was for a football camp back in 2014, when he was heading into eighth grade. By his recollection, he was 5-foot-9 and 140 pounds at the time. http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1776988-stud-19-c...
Though one of the youngest players at the camp that year, he created a serious buzz with a triple broad jump of better than 31 feet — reportedly one of the best of that particular session.
Three years later, Hawkins is pushing 6-foot and tipping the scales at 180 pounds. Penn State was one of the first schools to offer a scholarship, and since then fellow heavy hitters like Michigan, Michigan State and Virginia Tech have followed suit.
We caught up with Hawkins recently at The Opening in New Jersey, taking a bit of a deep dive into his long relationship with the Nittany Lion coaches, a recent trip to Happy Valley, when he hopes to get back to PSU, his time frame for a college decision, the possibility of enrolling early and much more.
See what he had to say — and get to know him a little bit — in the video above.