Chris Hawkins was ecstatic Wednesday night when he heard the news that five-star quarterback Max Browne committed to USC as the Trojans continue to put together an outstanding recruiting class.
So far, Browne and fellow five-star defensive end Kenny Bigelow along with Hawkins, a four-star cornerback, have committed to the Trojans.
"I'm very excited," Hawkins said. "I was looking up all the articles on him and he's a great player, super tall, and he's the No. 1 quarterback in the country. I couldn't ask for more. It's just all great news. We're starting to get one of the best classes in America."
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The focus now for Browne and Hawkins is to recruit other top players to USC and the four-star cornerback from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is definitely looking forward to that objective.
Hawkins said he talks with teammate Tahaan Goodman often about recruiting and he's in the ear of a local five-star safety who has USC among his favorites but is also planning official visits to Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska.
"It's very important to me because I'd like to play with a couple of my friends and for me to try to recruit them so we could get a better class than we have now would be all good," Hawkins said.
"I talk to Su'a Cravens every day. I see Tahaan at school and talk to him on the phone. I'm trying to get those guys to see what I see at USC. We should have a great class coming in. I know we're not going to have a lot of recruits but by the power rankings we should have the best class coming in overall. I'm ecstatic."
Hawkins, rated as the ninth-best cornerback and No. 159 prospect in the 2013 class by Rivals.com, said he met Browne at the USC scrimmage last weekend while the five-star quarterback was on a three-day visit.
The meeting was short because Hawkins was spending time with the cornerbacks and Browne was with the quarterbacks so Hawkins thought he'd reach out to him over the computer.
"I tried to find him on Facebook but I couldn't," Hawkins said.
No problem. Soon they'll be on the same campus, playing for the same team.