NCF On The Trail: Donald Hawkins

Texas adds juco OT Desmond Harrison

January, 21, 2013
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Texas kicked off on Monday what could be a fruitful final few weeks of 2013 recruiting by picking up its first verbal commit since October.

The Longhorns have landed pledge No. 14 from Contra Costa (Calif.) College offensive lineman Desmond Harrison.

The three-star prospect chose Texas over Arizona State, USC, Oklahoma and offers from more than 20 schools.

“This feels real good,” Harrison said. “I feel like I just made the best decision. It was a tight decision. It really boiled down to Arizona State and Texas, and they really made it difficult. It just felt like Texas was the best for me.”

Harrison had been leaning toward choosing Texas for a while, but the final decision was tougher than he’d expected.

“It was a last-minute decision,” he said. “Everything came down to the end. I was still thinking about it today."

A 6-foot-8, 310-pound lineman who is being recruited to play left tackle, Harrison took an official visit to Texas on Dec. 7 and is the program’s second junior college pledge, joining Butte (Calif.) College tight end signee Geoff Swaim.

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Hawkins is ready sign with Texas 

December, 21, 2011
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It’s not often Texas has to go the junior college route but this year the Longhorns hooked two. One of those is offensive tackle (Senatoba, Miss./Northwest C.C.) Donald Hawkins. Hawkins is scheduled to sign with the Longhorns at 9 a.m. CT.

“Hook’em horns,” Hawkins said. “I picked Texas because the city of Austin sold itself.”

Hawkins is 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds. He had scholarship offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Oklahoma State and many others. He’s originally from Tunica (Miss.) Fort Rosa High School.

The other junior college pledge for Mack Brown and Texas is defensive tackle Brandon Moore (Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi).
Junior College offensive tackle Donald Hawkins (Senatobia, Miss./Northwest Mississippi Community College) has hinted that he’d become Texas’ 22nd commit for 2012 over the past few days via social media and through text messages with HornsNation. On Wednesday, he made it a reality.

“I told (offensive line) coach (Stacy Searels) a couple of days back that i was thinking about committing,” Hawkins said. “To be honest I just needed the best opportunity for me to succeed on and off the field, and that's at Texas. Not because of the football, but there are so many celebrities and business people there in Austin that can help me if I am not able to go to the NFL. Basically I can have a life beyond football. I just want the best around me.”

Hawkins has been working hard to make sure that he is able to graduate in time to enroll in January. He will have three years remaining to play two.

He originally committed to Oklahoma State. Arkansas, Florida, South Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Florida International, Kansas State and Southern Miss also offered.

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