"I was excited," Hawkins said. "It was a really great experience, and I finally got an offer I really wanted. I was happy. … I think they wanted to wait and do it in person. That's what they told me."
Both received a tour of the football facilities and met with coaches before getting offers in a conversation with head coach Kyle Flood.
"It was actually an unbelievable feeling," Holloway said. "When I walked around their facility and their locker room, I was very impressed by everything. I didn't think I was going to meet their coach, maybe just some assistants. He was a really nice guy. I can't really think of the right word for him. He's an awesome guy."
Hawkins and Holloway both hold BCS offers elsewhere, but Rutgers is the first to give both a scholarship opportunity. Between that and the fact that defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson is a Camden, N.J., native, the duo feels good about the Rutgers experience so far.
"They're a really good program and close to home," Holloway said. "Academically, they really look out for their players. They have a great weight room, and coach Wilson is a good guy."
Hawkins equally enjoyed a tour of the program and his first up-close look at the Scarlet Knights.
"It was a nice facility," Hawkins said. "Everything was brand new. They really act like a family at Rutgers. … A lot of players there got drafted into the NFL. In one draft, they had seven take in the same year."
"Rutgers is very good," Hawkins said. "It's close and I really liked the coaches. It's definitely up there. It's right up there with the other ones."
Michigan State was the first to offer Holloway.
"It's good that they're both in the Big Ten," he said. "That's a hard conference. They have some of the best college teams, so that's exciting."