Vols hoping to tap back into Carver talent

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The race to build a pipeline from Carver (Ga.) High School is never-ending with an immense amount of talent at the Class AA school.

The Tigers, who produced former No. 1-ranked running back and current Georgia Bulldog Isaiah Crowell, graduated three Div. I signees off their 2011 GHSA state semifinalist roster. Among their Class of 2013 prospects, two already have scholarship offers from TennesseeDelando Crooks and Marqui Hawkins.

Hawkins lines up at wide receiver for Carver but is being recruited by the Volunteers as a defensive back. UT has offers out to roughly a dozen cornerbacks presently.

His stature would make him one of the larger corners of any team with which he signs. Hawkins said that he has grown up to 6-foot-2 1/2, 210 pounds, which is size that should allow him to "jam the receiver."

Defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri is the lead recruiter on Hawkins for Tennessee. Hawkins called their relationship "great."

"He's a great coach. He treats me like I'm his own son," Hawkins told InsideTennessee.

One other item the Vols have in their favor is former Carver teammate Deion Bonner, who is a signee that should arrive on The Hill later this summer.

"We're great homeboys. We hang out a lot at school," Hawkins said.

Bonner was a late addition to the UT recruiting radar but his buddy says the Vols are getting "a great football player with great football skills that just loves the sport of football."

Hawkins gave some feedback on what he wants to see in a school before it truly turns his head.

"It needs to feel like home, the depth chart, and how the coaches treat their recruits and players."

Hawkins has gotten a jump start doing his homework with recruiting, checking out several games last fall, including Penn State at Alabama, South Carolina at Georgia, Florida State at Clemson and Georgia at Auburn.

The schools alongside the Big Orange with offers on the table are Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

Hawkins admitted that he has no finalists at this point. The lone campus he saw this spring was Clemson's, a trip which he called "great."

The Bulldogs have one slight advantage in that Hawkins looks up to former Georgia standout and current Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green. The two have met "a couple times."

He has never been to Knoxville but plans on attending the Orange & White game at Neyland Stadium on April 21 for a few reasons.

"First, just to see how the school is. And, just to meet coach Sal and see what he is like in person and talk to the players," he said.

Hawkins' decision on a future destination could come "maybe at the end of my senior year."

He hopes to graduate in December but that is yet to be determined. He has tentative plans to major in engineering. His current grade point average is 2.9, and he is taking the ACT this summer.

Danny Parker is currently the Associate Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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