Early this week, Cody Hawkins out of Boise, Idaho, was named as the sixth invitee to the the 2005 EA SPORTS Elite 11.
"This is something I've been dreaming
about for four years," said Hawkins Monday upon being
"You guys aren't joking around with me right -
this is something I've been working and hoping for and I can't believe it.
"I can't wait to get out there and talk 'ball
with the rest of the guys."
Hawkins earned the nod on the heels of two very
strong workouts last month in the Bay Area coupled with a standout, yet very
unnoticed junior season on the gridiron.
Last fall the 5-11, 176 pounder completed 147
of 229 passes (64.1%) for 2,558 yards with 31 touchdown passes, leading his
Boise (Id.) Bishop Kelly team to an undefeated 12-0 season, taking home the
Class 4A state title as well as State 4A Player of the Year honors.
His outstanding junior season nonewithstanding,
Hawkins was still a relative unknown when he arrived at the NIKE Camp in
Stanford on May 21st.
However, after two sterling showings at both
the NIKE Camp and the EA SPORTS Elite 11 workout in Berkeley the next day,
colleges are finally beginning to show some interest in this hidden gem from the
"Everything has been going awesome since the
Bay Area workouts," said Hawkins of his recent upsurge in attention.
"I've been getting a ton of mail in the past
couple of weeks and have had some good conversations with schools like
Wisconsin, Oregon and Iowa.
"I'm likely going to get out to Wisconsin
sometime this summer - Coach (Brian) White said their coach came back talking
about me after the NIKE Camp and they just want to meet me before they do
anything else and Oregon is also wanting me to come down and spend some time
Aside from playing off the beaten path in
Potato Country, another element that Hawkins has had to deal with regarding
recruiting is the fact that his father is Boise State head coach Dan Hawkins,
and that most college coaches naturally assume that Cody will eventually play
for his father on the "Smurfturf."
"I really I'm just looking to be part of a
winning program," says Hawkins about possible colleges.
"My dad and I have talked about the future and
we really both feel that it would probably be in our best interests if I went
elsewhere - it would just be easier for everyone involved."
Right now, the only summer plans for Hawkins
are a team camp at Boise State that his team will participate in next week.
He plans on getting out to Wisconsin and Oregon
sometime during the summer and now also has the EA SPORTS Elite 11 on his
schedule for late July.
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home to EA SPORTS Elite 11 coverage come July and stay tuned for further 2005 EA SPORTS Elite 11 invitee announcements throughout
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