Interception-happy JUCO DB walking on at WSU

IT DIDN'T TAKE long for the energetic, playmaking Brian Hawthorne to decide on Washington State. Called one of the top JUCO DBs in the state of California for the 2012 class by, the 5-11, 180-pounder and one time Hawaii commit got in touch with WSU area recruiter Paul Volero just this past week.

Brian Hawthorne will walk-on at Washington State. But with 3-to-play-2, he fully plans on earning a scholarship.

"I'm a Cougar, I'm a future Cougar," he told CF.C. "I got in touch with Coach Volero and I knew Washington State didn't have any more open slots, but I made the decision to walk-on and they made the decision they'd like to have me."

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A former prep receiver, Hawthorne (5-11, 180) has shown a particular knack for making interceptions over his past two junior college seasons.

"Washington State liked that I tied the state record in interceptions over the past two years (14 INTs), but also that I am very involved in the run… I get in the backfield and I get to the ball, and they liked that about me," said Hawthorne.

At Santa Monica College this past season, Hawthorne racked up 42 tackles, six INTS and nine pass-breakups to go along with 4.4 speed in the 40, according to

HAWTHORNE SAID HE will be getting his AA this summer, arriving at WSU in August and in time for the start of the Cougs' fall camp.

After Norm Chow took over at Hawaii this offseason, it eventually become apparent a union between UH and Hawthorne was not to be.

"I was originally committed to Hawaii, and then with the coaching changes I lost my scholarship…it's not disappointing, not now that I'm a Cougar," said Hawthorne.

HAWTHORNE WOULD ALSO appear to be the type of player coaches love to have in their locker room, with an ultra-positive attitude and workout ethic to match.

"I'm extremely hungry… I want to make a huge impact at Washington State… I cannot wait to get there," said Hawthorne.

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