The laugh says it all. When asked why it’s so tough to reach four-star athlete Lavelle Hawkins on the phone, the speedy receiver from Stockton (Calif.) Edison answered with a classic. “It’s because I’m faster than you are,” Hawkins said with a chuckle. “I’m fast on the field and I’m fast off of it.”
So it’s no surprise that the 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete that probably will play receiver in college is being chased by a who’s who of college football.
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“The calls are crazy,” Hawkins said. “I get about 10 or so a night, and that’s just the coaches calling. I also talk to a lot of reporters.”
The coaches he is talking to the most, though, are Oklahoma, Miami and LSU. He is scheduled first to visit Oklahoma on January 16, then he goes to Miami on the 23 and then LSU will get the last visit on January 30.
So for those wanting a quick decision out of Hawkins better prepare to wait, because this looks like this is the only thing he does slow.
“It’s a big decision,” he said. “This isn’t something I want to rush or try to get pressured into doing. I have a list of things that I’m looking at, and I want to see those schools first and foremost.
“I want to play for a team that’s playing for the national title every year. I also want to play for a head coach that’s committed to the school and I know he’s going to be there for a long time. I also want to play in a wide-open offense.”
And he believes that OU, LSU and Miami all fit those things he’s looking for.
“They’re all great schools, and I know I could be a success at each one of them,” he said. “I just need to see what the visits are like.”