Hawkins is Blowing Up

While the 2012 class out West was dominated by offensive linemen, the 2013 class should be labeled the year of the defensive back. There are quality corners and safeties all over the region and one player to watch closely will be Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) athlete Chris Hawkins...

Chris Hawkins, 6-0, 170 pounds, is a good sized corner who can run and he's quickly become one of the hottest prospects out West.

"I'm up to nine offers now," Hawkins said. "Cal and Nebraska just offered Monday so things are going really well for me. Washington was the first school to offer and that was definitely an exciting one, you always remember your first offer. I got a message on Facebook from Tosh Lupoi, who told me to call him. I called him up and he said they were offering a scholarship.

"Northwestern was next followed by Boise State, San Diego State, Stanford, UCLA and Washington State. I'm also hearing a lot from Arizona State and USC. I'm going to USC's Junior Day this Sunday and Cal's Junior Day next week. Cal's Junior Day is on Saturday and then I'll do an unofficial visit to Stanford the following day. I also plan to attend UCLA's Junior Day later this month, I believe February 26."

Hawkins said he would like to make an early commitment, sometime before his senior year starts next fall. He added that an offer from his childhood favorite would be tough to pass up.

"My goal is to win a state championship next year," Hawkins said. "To do that, I really want to be focused on my season so I would love to commit sometime in the summer if I can. Right now, I like all these schools a lot and all the offers mean a lot to me. The school I grew up rooting for was definitely USC, they're kind of my dream school and if they were to offer me, they would be tough to turn down.

"I have a teammate, Tahaan Goodman, that is getting a lot of the same offers I am and USC is way up there for him too. We're very close and would love to play together in college. Right now, I'm still gathering information and learning about all the schools. Biggest thing for me is academics. I want to major in medicine or pre-law in college and I also have interest in broadcasting. My relationship with the coaches and the alumni support is also big for me and of course I want to play for a team that has a chance to win."

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