Hawkins is a fiery competitor

A JC lineman that has, so far, flown under the radar is New Mexico Military OL Freddie Hawkins (6-3, 295), but he's got several regional schools looking at him. While his team has had some injury problems, they've asked Hawkins to move around a little bit, but he's taken a leadership role along the Broncos' offensive line and schools are taking notice.

"It's been tough this year, but we're playing hard and we're not quitting," Hawkins said. "We're 2-6 right now, but we've had some injuries up front and I've had to move to quick (left) guard and that's been a challenge, but I really like playing guard because they ask me to be physical."

Actually, physical is the name of the game for Hawkins.

"I don't like pass-protecting as much as I like run-blocking," Hawkins said. "I'm good at it and I know it's important, but I like run-blocking more because I can get out and be physical and put a hat on a guy and move him out."

Hawkins has good physical stats – a 5.47 forty time, a 315 pound bench press and a 475 pound squat – and was a full qualifier out of Almogordo High School in New Mexico so that means he can leave following the end of the season.

"I was asked to walk on at New Mexico, but I would have had to pay and I just couldn't afford that," Hawkins said. "When I told them I was headed to NMMI they said they were happy I was going to stay close because they wanted to keep an eye on me and see how I came along."

Besides the Lobos, Hawkins said he's also hearing from New Mexico State and UTEP and D-2 powerhouse Oklahoma State Panhandle who recently offered him.

"The Oklahoma school wants me to visit pretty soon, but I haven't set anything up yet," Hawkins said. "NMSU and UNM both want me to visit too, but they haven't offered me and UTEP is just starting to pick things up.

"I just finished my film and I'm sending it out to those four schools and I'll see what happens after that."

Wherever Hawkins ends up he'll have three years to play two.

We'll have more from Hawkins in the coming weeks as he begins to set up his visits.

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