Utes Land Another From the Sunshine State

Winter Haven (FL) cornerback Ohaji Hawkins decides to head west to Utah

The state of Florida continues to be kind to the Utes as Dennis Erickson's connections and the coaching staff's hard work helps bring in another commit from the sunshine state in Winter Haven cornerback Ohaji Hawkins.

"I committed to Utah mainly because of the great relationship I have with Coach Shah and because it's a great place to go for an education and to play for a big program. Coach and I have been talking on the phone 2 to 3 times and week and I feel really comfortable with him"

Utah's recent run of turning bigger cornerbacks into successful players and getting them to the NFL was a nice draw from Hawkins, who checks in at 6-1.5 and 169 pounds.

"I'm a tall cornerback and I have long arms. Utah has had a lot of guys my size that have been able to make it the the league."

Hawkins is yet to take a visit to Utah yet, but will be doing so after his senior year is complete.

"Our schedule doesn't set up this year where I can come out during the season, but I'm excited to come out after and meet the players. I've heard a lot about Gionni Paul and all of the Florida guys that have come to Utah.

While some families want their kids staying home and playing closer to mom and dad, Hawkins' family is on-board with the cross country move.

"My family is very excited. They know that Utah is a great opportunity for me and I'll be able to get a great education."

Despite a lot of young depth at the corner spots for Utah, Hawkins is ready to come in and compete.

"I love competition. It's what makes us better. I've got no problem coming in and fighting for a spot."

The future Ute is coming off of a junior year in which he had 5 interceptions, playing corner, free safety, wide receiver and kick returner, and his Winter Park team has started out 1-0 in 2015.

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