Last year, Copperas Cove (Texas) High School had quite the senior class leaving for the college ranks including safety Tim Atchison (Baylor) and running back Donald Buckram (UTEP). This year looks to be much of the same as top players like wide receiver Rashad Hawk are getting their share of early recruiting interest.
Even though Hawk stands at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, he still considers his greatest asset to be his speed, rather than size. A star in the classroom as well, the highly-touted Central Texas pass-catcher should be seeing early offers come spring time.
"Our coach doesn't let us see our mail yet, but I've heard that Oklahoma State has been sending me a lot of stuff and Donald says that UTEP could be interested as well," Hawk said. "There are a lot of schools that I think are interested, but I have to wait until after the spring to see them."
One school stands among the rest and Hawk says he's especially excited to see what kind of interest they're showing early.
"I want to go to Baylor," Hawk said. "Alphonso talks to me about New Mexico State and then Donald talks about UTEP, so I'm kind of torn. Baylor is the favorite right now. They're close to home and they've got a solid team."
Hawk has not taken any visits yet to junior days or early camps, but he says he'd like to get out soon once he finds out who is interested in hosting him.
No matter how much early interest he attracts, Hawk says there is still much work to do.
"I'm pretty good, but I'm not the best by any means," Hawk said. "I was the leading receiver on the team last year but I'm still getting everything down. I will say that when they need a big play, I'm the guy."