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No. 4 WR keeping his options open

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The No. 34 player in the country, wide receiver Tim Hawthorne out of Homewood, Ala. takes his 11-0 Patriots into the second round of the playoffs this Friday against Elmore. The 6-foot-2, 199-pounder's statistics are down this year, but he still is making a huge impact.
"I've hauled in 46 receptions for 625 yards and five touchdowns. I also have two punt returns for touchdowns," he said. "You know my numbers are a little down because I am getting double and triple teamed, so instead I have to make short yardage plays and try to increase my yards after the catch.
"As for our team, we're on a mission to go 15-0 and undefeated. I'm trying to accomplish that as we have four games to go. Our team is coming along well and when we play together, we're a hard team to beat."
On the recruiting front the four-star prospect isn't sure who he's considering for official visits.
"I know all the visits will be after the season in December and January," he said. "I'm still looking at a lot of teams as I don't know who will get those five officials. All the teams are recruiting me really hard, so it's difficult to have a favorite."
With him being so wide open, what is the Rivals100 prospect looking for out of a school?
"The No. 1 thing I'm looking for is to be able to get real early playing time. I want to play as a freshman and see their depth charts," he said. "Second, I want to go somewhere that gets me ready for the next level. Finally, I want a good player coach relationship. I want a coach that keeps their word."
Hawthorne confirmed that location has no factor in his decision.
Last weekend the No. 4 receiver in the country took in the Mississippi State-Alabama game.
"I went there to check it out and it was great and went really well," he said. "There was nothing different from my previous trips, but I see a great opportunity there."
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