One the eve of spring practices, Klein, Texas, running back Jared Hawkins will have to wait to put the pads on.
“I won’t start practice until next week because our relay team made regionals for track,” he said. “We finished second in district.”
Hawkins (5-11, 178-pounds) 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.”
While he has yet to receive an official offer, Hawkins has been receiving the most correspondence from SMU, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Missouri and Northwestern, just to name a few. He has no favorite to date.
“I really like all of the schools that I have been hearing from, but I haven’t seen any of them,” he said. “I am going to have a busy June, because I will go to one-day camps at SMU, Baylor, Vanderbilt, Arizona and Arizona State in five straight days. That ought to be intense, but fun.”
If he tallies as many yards during the season as his frequent flier account, Hawkins will have several options by the end of signing period.