- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
A knee injury derailed his junior season, but a successful senior campaign has college coaches calling for cornerback Armond Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga).
Last week, San Jose State was on campus for Hawkins. This week, Nevada and Youngstown State came though. And Hawkins hosted an in-home visit with Eastern Michigan head coach Ron English.
"He's a great coach," Hawkins said of English. "He's recruited me like nobody else has recruited me. He didn't come in trying to say we're the best and all that. He said he could make me a better player and get me to the NFL, which is my goal. I loved the visit he had and he really sold me on Eastern Michigan. I'm really thinking about going there."
Eastern Michigan is the lone offer for Hawkins at this point, and the 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback said he will likely set up a visit with the school on Friday for a trip in January. Hawkins said he wasn't worried at all about what the weather conditions could be at that time.
"It doesn't matter to me," he said. "I just need to be around a good family team and get a great education."
In addition to Eastern Michigan, coaches from Nevada, San Jose State and Youngstown state would like an opportunity with Hawkins, who took an official visit to California earlier this year.
"They want to see film and will possibly offer," Hawkins said. "Youngstown State wants me to come out before signing day. I talk to [Nevada] coach [James] Ward every week and I love him. He wants me to come out, too. San Jose State came out last week and said they love my size and everything. They just want to see my film."
Hawkins said he hasn't thought about when he'd like to make a commitment, but doesn't want to wait until signing day.