Brandin Hawthorne, the 6-foot, 197-pound three-star linebacker from Pahokee, Fla., has 18 scholarship offers, a solid top two and a decision date already set.
"I'm making my announcement at a press conference on Aug. 29 at my high school," Hawthorne said. "I want to focus on my senior year and just be concerned with football and school."
Despite these plans, Hawthorne has also already set up all five official visits and plans on taking them all despite his commitment status. "And I’m not planning on decommitting," he said.
"The trips are different. I just want to take the visits and have some fun and see some places I haven't seen," Hawthorne said. "I like all these schools and all the coaches and I want to go and see them in person."
As previously reported, Hawthorne said he'll choose between Louisville and Michigan, although he hasn't visited either yet.
"I really like (linebacker) coach Bill Miller at Louisville," he said. "They have a real aggressive defense and they said that I could play as a freshman there. They need linebackers and I could really help them. It's a pretty good team every year and they always seem to go to bowl games."
He'll be visiting the Cardinals on Nov. 22 for the West Virginia game.
On Oct. 25, Hawthorne will be heading to Michigan for their rivalry game against Michigan State. "I really like Michigan a lot," he said. "I've heard it's a great atmosphere and the tradition is amazing. It's a great program."
Hawthorne is also good friends with Michigan wide receiver Martavious Odoms. "He says that Michigan is the best," Hawthorne said. "That it doesn't get any better and that they are all about tradition.
"He's really excited about the new coaches and expects them to be competing for the national championship within a few years," he said.
Hawthorne, however, is a bit more cautious with his expectations of Michigan, specifically this season. "I know coach Rich Rodriguez is a great coach and I like the changes they are making, but this year will definitely be a building season," he said.
Besides his glowing review of the Wolverines, his former teammate has also offered Hawthorne other advice. "He tells me to be sure to pick right," he said. "He says to be 100% before I decide."
In September, Hawthorne will be visiting Tennessee and West Virginia.
On Sept. 20 he heads to Tennessee for their big game against Florida. "I think Florida will win," he said. "They've got the speed and the athletes. I don't think anyone will be able to match up with their wide receivers.
"I think that Florida is the favorite to win it all this year," he said.
The following weekend (Sept. 27) he'll be visiting West Virginia when they take on Marshall. "I went to the West Virginia camp and it was a lot of fun," Hawthorne said. "I'm excited to see a game there. The coaches are all real cool and the campus was great."
The other school that Hawthorne will be visiting is Iowa State. "I used to like Seneca Wallace a lot so I've always kind of followed Iowa State," he said.
But growing up, Hawthorne's favorite team was Miami. "I liked them because they always had great players and sent everybody to the NFL," he said. "They never really recruited me and I think they are pretty deep at linebacker already."
Some of the other schools that have offered Hawthorne are South Florida, Kansas State, Colorado, Colorado State, Connecticut and Wisconsin.
Hawthorne finished his junior season with 87 tackles, 28 tackles for loss and 15 sacks. He helped lead his team to a perfect 14-0 record and the 2B state championship.
"I'm a leader on the field," he said. "I'm real aggressive and I play smart. I try to be a student of the game and play physical, fast and hard.
"I want to improve on my coverage skills and get more picks," Hawthorne said. "I'd like to make more tackles too."
Hawthorne says he wants to major in engineering and reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 17 ACT and 1110 SAT. He plans to graduate early and be ready for spring ball.