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Four-star sticking with USC

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Nothing, not a 62-51 loss to Oregon, not three losses this season, can sway Chris Hawkins away from his USC commitment and things were firmed up even more Saturday when he watched the game from inside the Coliseum.
The four-star cornerback from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., said he had another great time at the USC game despite the loss and was especially impressed by the environment.
USC's defense mightily struggled against Oregon's spread offense and for Hawkins that is even more motivation to stick with his commitment. Help is needed at some positions and the 5-foot-11, 170-pound recruit said he's the one who might be able to deliver it.
"The environment was crazy," Hawkins said. "A lot of people were going crazy and it was just so loud on the inside of the Coliseum. A lot of people knew who I was so it was a lot of fun.
"A loss like this motivates me to help the team because I can see there are a little bit of struggles with the secondary so I feel like I can help."
Hawkins, who has been committed to the Trojans since April 1, was intent on taking all his official visits but he's decided to basically end the recruiting process.
The four-star visited Washington, Cal and Notre Dame and after his trip to South Bend there were some rumblings that he wanted to take his family on another unofficial trip there to show them the campus.
But after another visit to USC right after his Notre Dame jaunt it was decided that Hawkins was going to stick with his pledge, cancel any further trips (he was supposed to see Arizona State) and stick with his original commitment to the Trojans.
A tough loss to Oregon and a tough season for USC standards has not made him rethink that choice.
"I'm done with visits," Hawkins said. "I'm clear where I want to go and that is to be a Trojan."
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