Hawkins Making a Name

The Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco cornerback, Chandler Hawkins, is part of a loaded Braves' secondary and is eager to land his first offer...

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco cornerback Chandler Hawkins (5-11, 175), is a part of one of the best secondaries in the West.

And while Hawkins waits for his first offer, he's feeling like it could be close.

"I think Northwestern might be the first offer for me and I'm talking a lot with Utah, Boise State and Washington so far," said Hawkins.

Hawkins is also interested in both of the Southern California schools.

"UCLA is a school I've had a lot of interest in and USC has been kind of like a dream school I've had since I was younger and I've always had interest in them," said Hawkins. "I'm going to USC's Rising Stars Camp and UCLA's Elite Camp."

Those won't be the only camps that Hawkins is planning to attend, with likely trips to Utah and Northwestern this summer.

He'll also be in Evanston next month.

"I'm taking a visit to Northwestern for their Junior Day and a spring practice and I might do a camp there during the summer too," said Hawkins.

Hawkins can play both cornerback and safety, but said corner is where he envisions himself in college.

"I'm getting recruited mostly as a corner, but I could play both corner and safety," said Hawkins. "Either spot is a win-win situation. If I had to choose, I'd probably pick corner. I think I feel a lot more comfortable there and I'm liking it more."

Hawkins had a good showing at the Los Angeles NFTC last weekend and the weekend prior, earned all-tournament honors at the NLA Elite 7on7 in Las Vegas, helping Team AIGA win the tournament.

"It was a real happy moment for us to win," said Hawkins. "It would have been nice to play (Bosco teammates) Naijiel (Hale), Shay (Fields) and Josh (Rosen) and Snoop's team, but we were just happy we won."

Hawkins had five interceptions during the playoff run, continuing to increase his confidence.

"I was just trying to bait the quarterback into thinking his receiver was open, then I'd take advantage and drop back and he'd throw to my side and I'd make him pay," said Hawkins.

Hawkins is hoping that his improvement isn't just personal, but team-wide. Bosco will return one of the most talent-laden rosters in the Southland, after winning the Trinity League, largely considered the toughest league in the West, in 2012.

"Winning the Trinity League last year, it's affected us a lot, and now we're at a point where we feel like we need to win CIF this year," said Hawkins. "We felt we should have won last year but it didn't happen. We feel like we can go places with this team. We have a lot of starters from last year coming back this year and we're taking to the offseason really good. We know this team is really talented and we could go far."

And the league title was just the first step for a Bosco team making a name for themselves amongst the usual Orange County powers in the Trinity League.

"Seeing that Bosco had never won the Trinity League, it was good for us to win it," said Hawkins. "But after we won, we knew that shouldn't be our only goal. What Coach (Jason) Negro has been preaching all year is that we have two main goals. We accomplished the Trinity League and now our focus needs to be on the Pac-5."

Brandon is in his ninth 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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