Solano's Hawthorne leads state in rushing

Usually when a JUCO running back leads the state of California in rushing, he's a hot commodity in recruiting circles, but so far Solano RB Bryce Hawthorne (5-9, 172) has remained well under the radar for most schools. Not to be discouraged, the elusive and tough runner continues to do what he does best and he hopes in the future more schools will start looking his way...

"It's frustrating, but I can't let that affect me or how I go out and prepare for things," Hawthorne told JCFootball.com recently. "I'd love to be getting recruited by a lot of schools, but I just have to do out and do what I can do best and let my results speak for themselves."

As a freshman in 2007, Hawthorne shared time in the backfield and amassed over 500 yards and six touchdowns, but this season, the mighty-might has been about as tough to corral as any back in the country. He's posted 1,237 yards and 13 touchdowns in eight games for a team that has struggled to get any momementum going in the win column.

"I feel like we've been close this year to breaking out," Hawthorne said. "We just have to come out and play hard, but honestly it can be frustrating to lose when you play as hard as we have."

On the recruiting front, Hawthorne has mainly been hearing from D-2 schools, but he hopes his continued success will mean some D-1 programs will start looking his way.

"Abilene Christian and Henderson State are the two schools looking at me," Hawthorne said. "I don't have any offers yet, but I can't sign until May so maybe some schools will look at me in December or January.

"I can run inside or outside, I can make plays in the passing game or in the running game, I can block and I can be physical. Basicall, whatever an offense needs me to do, that's what I'll do."

As mentioned, Hawthorne will be a February signee and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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