Lawrenceville (GA) tailback Johnathan Hawkins talks about his recent visit to NC State.
Central Gwinnett running back Johnathan Hawkins has
five offers and every one of them is from a major program.
NC State's early
communicating with Hawkins on a consistent basis could be
exactly what it needs
to hang with the big boys in this case. Hawkins has offers from
Auburn, Florida State, Penn State and Arkansas. Two of those
schools were in
the national championship last year. Arkansas is known for
backs and Penn State is having as much recruiting success these
days as almost
anyone. So it has been important for NC State to take their own
"I talk to NC State
the most. Well I
talk to Florida State and NC State the same so they're standing
out a little
bit," Hawkins said.
The running back will
this weekend and that trip should give him a good idea about how
the Tigers have and how high he might be on their recruiting
board. He visited
Georgia last weekend but they haven't offered yet. Hawkins does
to offer in the spring because that's the word he has received
He still has a lot of
visits he wants
to take but Hawkins has already been to NC State and that trip
did a lot for
him. Two weeks ago he made the trip to Raleigh for a scrimmage
and came away impressed with what the Wolfpack has to offer.
"That was the first
time I had been
there and I liked the practice. Meeting all the coaches and
thought it was a good atmosphere. I had been talking to Coach
every week and all their coaches are cool. They all treated me
as if I was
family already. They talked to me in the running back meeting
scrimmage so I got a feel for how they do things."
Other players that
scrimmage also commented on how much a central focus the ground
game was. For a
running back like Hawkins that was important to see.
"They ran the ball a
lot and as a
running back you like to see that. I watched their backs and I
think I can go
in and play, if not as a true freshman then still as a
that visit Hawkins saw some of the
city and school but he said most of his time was spent around
football facilities which he said are some of the nicest that he
Hawkins is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com.