Change of plans

A USC offer on Friday opened the eyes of blue-chip cornerback Chris Hawkins

Updated: March 15, 2012, 9:58 AM ET
By Erik McKinney | We Are SC
As a cornerback, Chris Hawkins is used to making adjustments on the fly. But the All-Baseline League first-team defender likely never had to change direction as suddenly as he did this past weekend.

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Garry Paskwietz/WeAreSC.comRancho Cucamonga, Calif., cornerback Chris Hawkins went from a probable Stanford commit to completely open after receiving a USC offer.
Just 24 hours before he was scheduled to announce his verbal commitment on Saturday -- likely to the Stanford Cardinal -- Hawkins' father, Armond, spoke with USC assistant coach Ed Orgeron. Hawkins said he was at track practice when he got the subsequent call from his father, saying that the USC coaches would like to see him in person later that day to offer him a scholarship. He wasted no time in packing up and getting on the road.