When Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) cornerback Chris Hawkins committed to USC earlier this summer, it would be safe to assume that the decision would put an end to recruiting for the Hawkins family.
That, however, isn't so.
Now that the season is in full swing for the Cougars, beginning with Friday night's 40-17 win over Redlands (Calif.), cornerback Armond Hawkins is ready to prove he's capable of playing Division 1 ball.
For the 5'10" 170 lb. prospect, who missed his junior season, the first four games of the season are vastly important, as coaches from a few Pac-12 programs are waiting to see what he can do on the field.
"Washington State contacted my dad, saying that they want to see the film from my first four games to see if they would offer me or ask again for my full season film," he said.
The Cougs are looking at Hawkins at the corner position, and he's been staying in contact with defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Mike Breske.
"I'm interested in them. They are a family oriented program and their schooling is good; I really like the school. If they do end up offering, I would definitely take an official visit there," he said.
Hawkins has been receiving similar interest from Utah.
"I've been talking with Coach [Sharrieff] Shah since he came to our school over the summer. Like Wazzu, he wants me to send the film of my first four games. He has been giving me the most love so far; we talk about once a week. They play a lot of zone and man, so he said I would be a good zone corner for him," he said.
Currently, the Utes are Hawkins top program.
"They have a very good program, and that's my number one school that I want to go to right now. They are family oriented, Coach [Kyle] Whittingham is a great coach, Coach Shah is a great coach and a great defensive back recruiter, too. It's in the Pac-12 and it's close to home; I'd like to stay close," he said.
Hawkins has been keeping focused and is ready to showcase the areas of his game which he feels he most improved upon over the past few months.
"I improved on my footwork, my speed, and my man on man coverage; I'm usually a zone coverage guy, so I worked on that a lot. I also had the chance to guard some of the top players in area, not just from Rancho," he said.
Recruiting aside, Hawkins is excited to play his final season of high school ball with some talented teammates, including his brother, Chris.
"It's fun being able to look at my brother on the other side, playing with me. We've been playing football together since we were six, so playing together this last year will be a lot of fun.
"We have that brother telepathy. We can always tell what the other is going to do and all that," he laughed.