- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
ESPN 150 cornerback Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) turned a phenomenal performance this past spring into offers from some of the country's top programs, as Hawkins eventually committed to USC. His brother, fellow cornerback Armond Hawkins, was forced to slowly make his way back to the field from a torn meniscus he suffered in the early stages of his junior year.
Armond said he didn't feel back to 100 percent healthy until June, but since that time, he has made an impression. With a handful of games in his senior season completed, Hawkins put out a highlight tape last week and he said attention has been increasing rapidly.
He will take official visits, along with his brother, to California on Oct. 5, Notre Dame on Oct. 12 and Arizona State on Oct. 26. He said he would save the final two visits, but added that Portland State could be very close to extending an offer, which would lead to an official visit for the Vikings.
"It's been good to know that I can do it by myself," Hawkins said of the increased attention. "I'm not just falling on my brother's name. I have my own name."
Hawkins said Arizona State coaches will be in attendance for next Friday's game against Upland (Calif.), and Notre Dame coaches are scheduled to come by Rancho Cucamonga sometime next week.
"They want to see me do well and make all my tackles," Hawkins said of the Sun Devils staff. "Hopefully I can get an offer right there on the spot."
With his first official visit quickly approaching, Hawkins said he is looking foward to the experience.
"I think it'll be very fun," he said. "I'm looking for a family-oriented team and a good school, because football isn't everything. I like doing my studies and football isn't going to be there when I'm 50. I need something to fall back on."
Though his official visit schedule is filling up, Hawkins said he will continue to entertain interest brought about by his highlight tape. He said he would like to hear from schools such as Boise State, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma and San Diego State.