City League Standout Has Pitt Interest

Leighton Hawkins is a 5-10, 180-pound standout that could play either receiver or safety at the next level.

Pittsburgh's City League has seen a lot of talent coming through in recent years. Brashear has sent Manasseh Garner to Wisconsin and Ed Tinker to Pitt, and the Bulls also have running back/linebacker Joell Nesbit in the Class of 2012. Peabody also produced linebacker Jaylen Coleman who is now at Gateway, but a former City League prospect who has nine offers based on what he did as a junior.

Perry Traditional Academy has also produced a number of college prospects over the years, including former Pitt quarterback Rod Rutherford. The Commodores have a junior prospect coming up through the ranks who has received some interest. Leightown Hawkins is a 5-10, 180-pound receiver and defensive back. As a junior, Hawkins finished with seven touchdown catches on offense and also returned an interception for a touchdown in the City League Championship game.

So far, Hawkins is hoping to hear more from the Panthers.

"That's the first school I heard from," Hawkins said of Pitt. "I'm just waiting on offers to come in. I still have another year.

"I talk to coach Gibby (Tony Gibson). I got his number. I've contacted him. I've come to some of their camps; the Akron and Pitt camp. I'm just out here to compete right now, show them what I can do."

Perry has a pretty busy offseason schedule which includes a lot of 7-on-7 camps. Hawkins' Perry team advanced all the way to the semifinals in its bracket at the Pitt 7-on-7 passing camp.

"It's been good," Hawkins said of the offseason. "We just need to work on a couple of things, just pointing out what we need to do. It is getting competitive. It's really shown me what I have to do, and just get ready for the season."

Hawkins also works out with personal trainer DeWayne Brown, who has worked with a number of local prospects in the area including Garner and Coleman, as well as Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald, just to name a few.

"We do a lot of drills, a lot of position drills," Hawkins adds. "Also, we do speed training, agilities, we lift weights. That's really it."

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