As a freshman last season, Hawkes ran over, around and away from defenses, finishing with 1,518 yards and 18 touchdowns while helping to lead the Panthers to a 9-2 record.
"I'm a one-cut and go, down hill runner," Hawkes told JCFootball.com. "I can do whatever they need me to do, but I definitely want to work on my speed and my vision and seeing my cuts better this offseason."
On the recruiting front, Hawkes has been hearing from a handful of schools, but he's still waiting for that first offer.
"Right now, it's just talking a lot with a couple of different schools," Hawkes noted. "Missouri, Kansas State and Utah State are the ones I have been talking to the most."
Hawkes enjoyed a standout career at Patterson High School in Baltimore, Maryland, but he was unable to qualify academically for a scholarship to a four-year school, so he decided to head west 3,000 miles to get to a place where he could focus on two things -- football and school.
"The coaches here were great and I felt like it was the right move for me," Hawkes said. "I felt comfortable with the coaches and the offense here and I thought it would give me a chance to play at a four-year school once I was done."
Hawkes is currently on pace to graduate in May of 2016 and he will have three years to play two following the 2015 football season.