One of the nation's top quarterbacks in our eyes and a member of the EA SPORTS Elite 11 last summer is Boise (Idaho) Bishop Kelly signal caller Cody Hawkins. Hawkins was an early commit to Boise State to play for his father, Dan Hawkins, but now that the former Bronco coach is at Colorado, the younger Hawkins has some serious thinking to do.
Hawkins, 6-0, 180 pounds had another big season completing 142-210 passes for 2,644 yards and 42 touchdowns with just five picks. The signal caller led his team to another 12-0 season and their second state title in a row.
Although some have discounted Hawkins because of his size, there is no question about his talent. He was the top quarterback at the Nike camp at Stanford and lit up the Elite 11 camp and was voted by the college counselors as the No. 4 signal caller in the camp.
The quarterback chose the Broncos over Oregon back in July but is now re-thinking his decision in light of his father taking over at Colorado.
"Yeah, things have been kind of crazy around here the past couple of weeks," Hawkins said. "I think Colorado is a great situation for my dad and he's really excited about the place. Colorado is a big time program, the Big 12 is a great conference and the school has some great tradition. Plus they have won their conference four of the last five years so it's exciting for him.
"As for me, I'm still not sure what I'm going to do. If coach Peterson wasn't named the coach at Boise, I would already be gone. I really like him a lot though and this is home for me. I love the area in Boise and feel kind of like the idea of helping to keep this thing going.
"I always had the issue of playing for my dad and being known as the 'coaches son.' That's a tough label to have because there is always going to be someone saying, 'he's only playing because his dad is the coach.' We've been discussing this for the last two weeks and I'm still not sure what the best thing for me to do is.
"I visited Colorado lat Thursday with my dad and I really loved it there. Boulder is an incredible place and it would be fun to get an opportunity to lead that team. So I'm pretty torn right down the middle right now. On one hand, it would be great to play for my dad for a great program. On the other hand, it would be cool to stay close to home and play for a program and a coach that I love.
"Right now, I don't have any timeframe for a final decision. I'm just going to talk things over more with my dad and wait until I'm 100% sure of what the best thing for me is. I'm not going to rush this and I know I have plenty of time before signing day."