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Hawkins discusses commitment

Cal is developing quite a pipeline in to San Francisco (Calif.) City College of San Francisco. The Bears first commitment of the year was CCSF quarterback Joseph Ayoob and now you can add standout receiver Lavelle Hawkins to the mix.
Hawkins, 5-11, 180 pounds was our No. 2 rated wide out in the West region a year ago and signed with LSU. His stay in Baton Rouge didn’t last long.
“I just was never comfortable there,” Hawkins said. “I don’t have any bitter feelings but I just wanted to come home. I think I’m more of a West Coast guy and wanted to be closer to my family.”
Hawkins, who was a qualifier out of high school, then enrolled at CCSF and quickly became a recruiting priority once again. He took an unofficial visit to USC during the year when the Trojans played Cal and then took an official visit to Berkeley two weeks ago for the Bears Big Game win over Stanford.
“I committed to Cal, that’s probably where I should have been all along,” Hawkins said. “They have a great, up and coming program, they lose a lot of receivers, it’s close to home, I love the offense and Coach Tedford is a great offensive mind who I think can really get the best out of me.
“I’m coming in at the perfect time I feel because Cal is only going to get better. Having my quarterback coming with me, Joseph Ayoob is a plus because he can play. I’ll have another credit to come in for spring ball too so I’ll have a chance to practice with the team during spring practice and then when next fall rolls around, I’m hoping to get in to the rotation pretty early. It’s an exciting time for me no doubt.”
Editors Note: We’ve also heard from multiple sources that CCSF linebacker Desmond Bishop has also committed to Cal but have had trouble reaching the talented defender. If true, the Bears will have landed one of the nation’s top Junior College ‘backers who should see early action next fall.
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