Chris Hawkins said he didn't make up his mind until Saturday night during a conversation with his father that he would commit to USC over Stanford on Sunday.
"I didn't get sold until actually last night when I had a conversation with my dad," Hawkins said.
"He was saying, 'Why would you go anywhere else if this is where you wanted to go from the beginning?' I got a little rebellious because I didn't get the offer on the junior day. Everybody knows this is where I wanted to go since I was little and now that I committed I couldn't be happier."
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Hawkins, rated as the ninth-best cornerback and No. 159 prospect in the 2013 class by Rivals.com, was all set for Stanford a few weekends ago but then he received a timely offer from USC that postponed his decision.
The four-star cornerback took an unofficial visit to USC the same day he received the offer - one day before he was going to commit to Stanford - and that set in motion a difficult few weeks where he was strongly considering both schools. Hawkins said he was definitely torn about his choice.
Washington and Notre Dame, at different times, were being considered as well but it became clear in recent days Hawkins' decision would come down to the Cardinal or the Trojans.
USC has always been Hawkins' dream school and so the Trojans won out on Sunday.
"It was a pretty tough decision because I'm thinking about my future," Hawkins said. "I was 100 percent Stanford and then I got the USC offer and that had me thinking a lot. My whole family wants me to go to USC because I have family ties there and we all love USC as a school and they can come to all the games.
"I'm very happy right now. It's a dream come true to me. Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to play there. I used to think about it all the time and now that it's happening it's like a dream come true."