Donald Hawkins, a 6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive tackle from Northwest Mississippi Community College, arguably the top offensive line prospect in the junior college ranks, picked Texas over a bevy of other offers. He was previously committed to Oklahoma State.
Hawkins had a great time on his official visit to Texas for the Kansas State game, bonding with Dorial Green-Beckham and talking with Texas coach Mack Brown. Hawkins told Scout.com that Brown told him "Son, you're going to play immediately. We have confidence in you."
The Texas staff also impressed Hawkins by telling the recruit that they wanted to compete for a national title in 2012.
"If that's what they're about, then I'm '100' with it," Hawkins told Scout.
Hawkins drew major-college interest coming out of Rosa Fort High School in Tunica, Ms., but failed to qualify, instead joining up at Northwest Mississippi. He had offers from Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas State and others. Alabama was also showing interest.
Hawkins was nominated for an NJCAA All-American spot after finishing his entire JUCO career without allowing a sack.