Hawkins, a 4.47-speed burner who was rated the top running back at Vanderbilt's top prospects camp last summer, received an in-home visit and a scholarship offer from coaches earlier this month. He was named All-Houston Area and All-District after carrying the ball for over 1,000 yards on a better than 7-yard-per-carry average.
"I can tell he's really relieved to have it over," said Hawkins' father Thursday. "He'd been thinking hard about it for several days, and one afternoon he came home from school and told us he'd just been thinking hard that it was Vanderbilt."
Hawkins, who chose Vanderbilt over offers from Central Florida, Eastern Michigan and several other smaller schools, becomes Vandy's 16th commitment for 2005, and its first running back commitment. The Commodores are expected to accept commitments from at least two running backs, and have some big needs to fill at that position after the graduation of Norval McKenzie and the untimely death of Kwane Doster.
National Signing Day is Wednesday, Feb. 2. For a complete list of Vanderbilt's commitments, click here.
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