Busy February on Tap for Hawkins

The Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) cornerback, Chris Hawkins, will hit all four in-state Pac-12 schools this month, and USC was the first stop, for their Junior Day on Sunday...

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) cornerback Chris Hawkins (6-0, 170), took part in USC's Junior Day on Sunday, enjoying the time there.

"We got a chance to see all the campus, and see what they were doing," said Hawkins. "The school is very nice and the program has a nice foundation. I like everything they've got going on. We saw a 3D version of the complex and it's going to be big."

Hawkins talked with the USC coaches at length.

"I talked with Coach (James) Cregg and Coach (Monte) Kiffin and they told me they were hiring a new DB coach," said Hawkins.

While Hawkins didn't get an offer, he did get a time frame on when one could come.

"They offered another cornerback, but it's all good," said Hawkins. "They told me to come to their camp."

The next two weekends will be busy for Hawkins, as he'll hit the remaining three Pac-12 schools in-state.

"I'm going to Cal next weekend for Junior Day and then I'm going to Stanford on the 19th to visit unofficially," said Hawkins. "Then the weekend after that, I'm going to UCLA's Junior Day."

Hawkins said right now, those three schools stand atop his list.

"I'm liking Cal, Stanford and UCLA right now," said Hawkins. "My favorite school right now is Stanford. I like the mix of academics and football there. I'm looking forward to going there on the 19th."

Hawkins said that academics will play a huge part in his choice.

"Grades are the number one thing for me," said Hawkins. "I want to be able to help everyone too with their studies. I took the SAT in the fall and already scored a 1500 on it and I'll retake it in March and the ACT I'll take too. But I'm already qualified."

Hawkins is carrying a 3.7 currently.

He said he'd like to make his decision well before Signing Day.

"I'd like to get things done earlier in the process," said Hawkins. "My first goal was before the season, but if it comes up before then and I have my mind fully made, I'll make the decision then."

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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