Mesquite Horn defensive back Chris Hawkins is a big one at 6-foot-2, 192 pounds. His unique combination of size and speed have drawn the eyes of a few schools so far, and Texas Tech is among them. Hawkins took a visit to Texas Tech on March 6th and RaiderPower.com was able to catch up with him to get a recap of his visit.
Hawkins, who is being recruited as a safety, enjoyed his time at Tech.
"I was able to interact more with the coaches and the players, be able to sit through meetings with them and see the different plays and schemes that they ran. Their zone concepts are similar to what we do at my high school, we run more of a four deep, quarters-type scheme."
The big junior made a positive impression on the coaches, who will be evaluating him in-person during the spring evaluation period.
"When I first got there, the coach that kind of took me for a walk-through was coach Emmett Jones, and then I got to sit through the defensive meetings with Karl Scott, the defensive backs coach. Coach Scott, he told me that this is the recruiting process and that I'm one of the top prospects that they're looking at. They'll be down here later in the spring."
Hawkins got to receive an education in Texas Tech's defensive scheme from Scott, who coaches cornerbacks at Tech.
"He got to explain to me how their zone is more QB-oriented, how they look at the QB's eyes and not the routes and the man across from them. If the QB is looking to the right, then the backside safety and the backside corner would shade over to the right instead of just standing there covering grass."
Hawkins does have one connection to Texas Tech already, as redshirt freshman offensive tackle Conner Dyer also went to Horn.
"I knew of him but I didn't really know him personally, but his mom and my mom are good friends. He told me if I had any questions I could always ask him or talk to him."
Jakeem Grant, one of Tech's most prolific players in program history, is also a Horn graduate.
The Metroplex prospect also had good things to say about Tech's athletic facilities and the city of Lubbock.
"I got to check out the athletic facilities, they looked very good compared to other universities. [Lubbock is] a very close-knit sort of college town because everything's close by, near each other."
Hawkins currently has no offers, but reports interest from Tulsa, Texas State, SMU, Houston Baptist, and Texas Tech.