The recruitment of Chris Hawkins just got a lot more interesting.
The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., four-star cornerback was offered by USC on Friday morning and he and his father, Armond, are headed down to campus in the next few hours.
Timing is especially important here because Hawkins, rated No. 159 in the early 2013 rankings by Rivals.com, is expected to make his commitment Saturday after his track meet at Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos.
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Stanford has been considered the leader although Hawkins recently had Cal and UCLA as two other favorites. Now USC is trying to get much more involved.
Many other programs including Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and pretty much the entire Pac-12 have already offered Hawkins, one of the top cornerbacks in the 2013 class.
On Friday morning, Armond Hawkins talked with USC assistant coach Ed Orgeron and the offer from the Trojans came through. The visit was set up almost immediately.
At first, it seemed USC wanted to see Hawkins at summer camp but the timing became an issue with the four-star planning to make his decision on Saturday afternoon. Hawkins has already attended a junior day at USC.
Armond Hawkins was not clear on whether the USC offer would be accepted during their unofficial visit on Friday afternoon or whether Hawkins was still planning to make his commitment to another Pac-12 school this weekend.
The next few hours on Friday could be telling.