Hawkins Talks USC Junior Day

Four-star wide receiver Jaylinn Hawkins talks about his USC junior day experience, and two more visits he's looking forward to, as we break down his Pac-12 suitors.

2015 four-star wide receiver Jaylinn Hawkins will be a busy man this spring. Fresh off of USC's Elite Junior Day this past weekend, Hawkins has junior day invites from Arizona, Arizona State, California and Washington State. Hawkins grew up rooting for the Trojans, so this weekend was particularly special.

"It was really cool," Hawkins said. "There were about the top 20 prospects that ‘SC's looking at. It was basically a visit. They took us around the school, showed us this and that. We had meetings with position coaches. They took us around the school, showed us around campus, we went to the Coliseum and tried on uniforms and everything. It was a really good time."

Hawkins said that he'd spoken to the new USC staff "about a month" before they left Washington, and this weekend was a chance to catch up.

"I talked to coach (Keith) Heyward, stayed in touch with him last year," Hawkins said. "So, I've basically been talking to the coaches for a really long time, and also Tee Martin, too, last year. They're good coaches."

The Golden Bears have been hard on Hawkins, with wide receivers coach Rob Likens making several visits to see the four-star prospect.

"He's a good guy," Hawkins said. "He's come by to talk to me, check in, see what's going on, just to keep in touch. He's a real good guy."

Hawkins intends to visit Berkeley for a junior day, and to take in some spring practice. There are also several other visits he's planning on this spring.

"I might go to the Arizona junior day," he said. "Washington State invited me to their junior day, Arizona State invited me to their junior day, so I might, if anything, I might attend Arizona's junior day."

The Sun Devils also hold a strong position, though they have yet to offer.

"Arizona State is tight," Hawkins said. "They just won the Pac-12 (South), obviously they're on the rise. My boy just committed there, so it seemed like a cool place, even though it's really hot. It seems cool to just check out. It's something different. I have someone down there, too, so I just want to see different experiences, see how I like the place."

Hawkins' "boy" is wide receiver Eric Lauderdale, who signed with Arizona State earlier this month out of Saddleback Community College.

"That's family," Hawkins said.

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