Klein, Texas, standout Jared Hawkins took in several camps over the past few weeks and has the frequent flier miles to prove it. Hawkins (5-10, 175-pounds) visited SMU, Vanderbilt, Baylor and Arizona in a seven-day period and came home loving Vandy.
“I liked Vandy a lot,” he said. “They are showing a lot of interest, and I think they will offer me this summer. I’m keeping my options open right now, but they are my favorite school at this point. They want to play me at running back and not move me around is what I also like.”
Hawkins, who has an offer from The Citadel, attended a rain-marred UTEP mini-camp in Houston and will attend a TCU camp on the campus of North Shore High School. He is working out on a daily basis and playing seven-on-seven for his school team, which is working in qualifying for the state tournament.
Hawkins returns for his senior season after rushing for 1,132 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior in a stingy district, which consists of The Woodlands, Spring, Westfield and Klein Forest. He missed two games with a pulled hamstring.
“I feel like my vision and speed get me most of my yards,” he said. “After I find my holes, I punish out the rest of the yards. I really think I can play running back in college.”
The Klein runner is academically qualified after receiving his SAT scores back, and could improve on last year’s numbers since his school has replaced natural grass with Astro Play turf at Klein Memorial Stadium.
“I love the new turf,” he said. “By the middle of the season, our old turf would be all torn up and difficult to run on.”