Chris Hawkins had developed a strong relationship with USC assistant head coach Monte Kiffin and he was surprised and disappointed to hear Kiffin would resign after this season.
It is bad news but the four-star cornerback from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., said his commitment still stands to the Trojans.
"I'm still committed at the time," Hawkins said.
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"Monte Kiffin was a dude I had a really good relationship with. Every time I saw him he'd come up to me and we'd talk so he was one of the ones I really liked talking to. I don't think that will change my commitment or anything. That is a little surprising though."
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound four-star recruit has been one of the ring leaders of this USC recruiting class and played a crucial role last weekend hosting five-star defensive back Jalen Ramsey on an unofficial visit.
Oregon is making a push for Hawkins to visit and others continue to recruit him but the Rancho Cucamonga standout has given no indication that he's wavering on his pledge that has stood since April 1.
The Monte Kiffin news is disheartening since the two had such a good bond but Hawkins said he'll move on and is excited to see which coach is hired at USC.
"He wasn't the one who was really recruiting me but every time I talked to him he'd make it known that he knew I was up there," Hawkins said.
"He'd come up to me and he'd have a five-minute conversation with me. He was never the one to call me or hit me up on Facebook or anything."