When it comes to scholarships to play football at the collegiate level, it’s a big day when high schoolers pick up their first offer.
The first one is the sweetest- or at least that’s what they say.
“It’s really exciting,” he said. “I think it might be a breakthrough for me- in that other college coaches will look at me now that I have an offer. But it’s really a blessing to get my first offer.”
Hawkins says he was genuinely surprised he was offered by SMU running backs coach Claude Mathis- especially since they had spoken only once, a week before being offered.
As we all already know, SMU is in the rebuilding process, after a 1-11 season. However, Chad Morris has surrounded the program with optimism and looks to have the team headed in the right direction.
“I am really interested [in SMU],” Hawkins said. “Obviously I am keeping my options open right now, but I am interested in SMU because they got a new coaching staff and they are rebuilding. It’s an opportunity. If they are rebuilding then no one has a spot locked down. So everything is up for grabs.”
Normally when we talk to prospective Mustangs they can’t say enough about the coaching staff. And it is the staff that ends up being the biggest selling point for SMU. In Hawkins’ case, he has had only one real interaction with a coach, so the selling point is what the University is most known for.
“[The biggest draw] is academics, honestly,” Hawkins said. “That is one of the main things I am looking for in a University. Pretty much [I think] if you graduate from SMU, you are guaranteed a job.”
Hawkins wants to study either Kinesiology so he can become a coach or mass communications to get into sports broadcast.
It is still relatively early in Hawkins’ recruitment but SMU’s offer is sure to get the ball rolling for the junior wide out. The 5’11” 180 pound junior will attend SMU’s Junior Day, UNT’s junior day on the 28th and was also invited to Baylor’s junior day but was unable to attend.