David Hawkins discusses recruiting and season

The Etowah standout will play a key role in the success of the Blue Devils this season. Hawkins will work from his linebacker position, where he had 98 tackles (10 for loss) last season. Hawkins will also carry the load at running back for the offense. He was in the running back rotation last season, along with Evan Reddick.

Now that Reddick has graduated the load is squarely on the shoulders of David Hawkins as Etowah prepares for the 2008 season. He talks of his new leadership role, and the Blue Devils' season with ScoutSouth.com.

"I have to be a leader this year, as a senior," David Hawkins said from his home in Attalla, (Ala.).

"I will be taking over the running back position this season, and my goal is to rush for 1,500 yards."

Recruiters have been looking at Hawkins on both sides of the ball, and he has set some lofty goals for a two-way player.

"I also plan to make 115 tackles from my linebacker position this season," Hawkins said.

"We have some young guys moving into key positions for us this season, but they are talented, and they can get the job done. We want to take it one game at a time. I would like to be undefeated when we meet Gadsden City in the fifth game of the year."

"My family moved from Gadsden when I was a freshman, so we still have a lot of friends over there. I played little league football with Dre, [Kirkpatrick] Kendall, [Kelly] Darrell Smith, Kelvin James and some of the other guys that are now at Gadsden City."

"They have some good athletes at Gadsden City, but they only managed to beat us less than a touchdown last year. I am looking forward to that game."

While David Hawkins has been getting ready for his senior season, he has also visited several schools and attended camps at those schools. He tells us the latest developments.

"I went to camp at Alabama, but I had stepped on a nail the day before camp, so I only participated the last two days of camp."

"I worked at safety the first day, and both Coach Williams and Coach Smart liked me at safety. I talked to both those coaches, and they want me to send them film of our first few games."

"The second day I worked with the running backs, and coach [Burton] Burns really liked the way I ran. He asked me why I hadn't been working with him the entire camp. He also wants me to send film after our first three games."

Ole Miss also received a visit from Hawkins, as he and brother Davin worked out for the Rebels.

"I liked Ole Miss," he said. "I believe I had a good camp there, and the coaches liked me a lot. I ran the pro agility in 4.25 seconds, but I didn't hear my 40-time. They called it out after you ran, but I didn't hear it."

"I don't know what I ran at camp, but I have been running 4.60 consistently this summer. I have been working on being consistent."

"I worked at linebacker and running back at Ole Miss. The coaches liked what they saw. I talked to coach Tyrone Nix, and his brother, coach Derrick Nix after practice. I also got to speak to coach Houston Nutt."

"They told me the same things as Alabama. They want to see my film after the first few games of the season. I want to have a big season, and prove that I can play at the next level."

Hawkins is still receiving interest from Alabama, Auburn, UAB, Purdue, Oregon, Ole Miss, Texas, New Mexico State, UNA, JSU and Murray State.

"I would say Oregon is recruiting me pretty hard. I get a ton of mail from them every week. Also, Murray State and UTC are recruiting me very hard," Hawkins concluded.

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