Hawkins will take visits

Marqui Hawkins

Marqui Hawkins wrapped-up his high school career last weekend, and he's ready to shift his focus to recruiting. The Florida commit wants to visit other schools, and he's in the process of setting up the trips.

It was a tough end of the road for Columbus (Ga.) Carver High School in the playoffs last week, but the season was one to remember.

Before falling to Buford (Ga.) and the Wolves' physical, churn-the-clock style of play in the 3A quarterfinal, Carver rattled off 11 wins in 12 games.

"It was a great career for me, but the last loss is tough," said an emotional Marqui Hawkins after he game. "We played good, it was just tough."

The senior athlete, most often recruited as a wide receiver, was a little more pumped to talk recruiting. The three-star remains a Florida pledge at this time.

"It's great, they're showing a lot of love," said Hawkins. "I'm still 100 percent committed to them.

"With the depth chart, I see myself going in and starting fast. I can come in and do what I've got to do at receiver."

While everything with the Gators is status quo, the 6-foot-1, 179-pounder is still thinking about some other schools and their recruiting pitch to him.

"Auburn's still coming strong," he admitted. "Mississippi State, North Carolina, Florida State...I just want to take my officials to explore more things."

So which schools may receive a trip from him now that the season is over?

"Clemson, North Carolina, Florida State and maybe Miami or somewhere like that," he said. "I'm trying to see the facilities, academics, depth chart, coaching and just how the players already there treat you."

One interesting case is Auburn. The school just hired Gus Malzahn as head coach, but the assistants remain in question - including the Tigers' wide receivers coach.

"Trooper [Taylor], he's still recruiting me hard," said Hawkins. "He is my position coach, he's like family. Every receiver coach is like family."

Hawkins went on to say that he has yet to plan any trips, but will begin to schedule them soon. Stay tuned on FOXSportsNEXT.com for the latest with him.

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