College Football Recruiting 2013: 4-Star Chris Hawkins to Pick USC or Stanford

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2012

Photo Courtesy of 247Sports
Photo Courtesy of 247Sports


It is going to be a busy weekend down in Los Angeles, and the USC Trojans can only hope it includes a commitment for their 2013 class.

Nike will be in town for the Nike Training Football Camp all weekend and Rancho Cucamonga star defensive back Chris Hawkins, a Rivals 4-star recruit, is set to commit to either USC or Stanford, according to Adam Gorney.

ESPN's WeAreSC reported:

USC cornerback target Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga) plans to announce his college decision this Sunday at the LA Nike Camp

— (@wearescstaff) March 26, 2012

Most expected the California native to commit to Stanford, but USC complicated matters by offering earlier this month. He's since visited the SC campus three times and has another visit scheduled for April 14th.

It has been a busy month for the 6', 170-pounder. Not only did the Trojans offer but so did the LSU Tigers and Penn State Nittany Lions.


On top of that, USC offered his Rancho Cucamonga teammate, 4-star safety Tahaan Goodman, just yesterday. The Cougars have no shortage of talent this year as four defensive players were given three stars or higher by Rivals

Hawkins and Goodman, however, are the best they have to offer and are highly sought after.

Goodman's stock continues to rise, and he's considered wipe open in his recruitment, but Hawkins, a possible early enrollee candidate, was reportedly ready to commit before USC got involved.

Now he is ready to announce, and it is a toss up between the Trojans and Cardinal.


Washington, and coaches Steve Sarkisian and Tosh Lupoi, are considered to be the third finalist if there is one at all. We know they've been known to pull off some upsets before.

Hawkins would be the fourth commit for the Cardinal if they were able to land him, potentially joining three ESPNU 150 watch list members.

In what will be an important weekend for many West Coast recruits, one will make the decision they'll eventually have to make sooner or later. USC and Stanford can only hope they're the ones that benefit from it.


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