Juco OT Hawkins ready for visit

AUSTIN, Texas -- Along with new coaches and new schemes at Texas has come a new recruiting philosophy.

Mack Brown, not one to reach out to junior colleges in his previous 13 years, is now open to recruiting those players.

The latest of those is Donald Hawkins (Senatoba, Miss./Northwest Mississippi Community College). The offensive tackle was offered a scholarship and told HornsNation Monday night that he is 80 percent sure he will visit Texas for the Texas Tech game. Hawkins missed a scheduled visit last weekend.

Defensive end Denico Autry (Scooba, Miss., /East Mississippi Community College) also has an offer from Texas.

"Stacy Searels and Bo Davis and Darrell Wyatt have had some relationships with some junior college coaches in the past and I haven't,’’ Brown said. "It's just not been where we've gone.

"Since we are thin in a couple of areas they are looking at it. We aren’t there yet, but we're at least looking at it to see who fits at Texas."

Hawkins and Autry could fit right in. Tackle is always a valued spot. Right now Texas has freshman Josh Cochran working at one tackle spot, but really has not had a solid backup for Trey Hopkins at the other spot. Paden Kelly is another young option. But there is not significant depth at that spot.

Hawkins, who is committed to Oklahoma State, was offered a scholarship by Searels on Oct. 22 after Searels watched Hawkins (6-foot-5, 315 pounds) help NMCC pile up a season-high 698 yards of total offense in a 66-41 victory over Holmes (Miss.).

Defensive end is another high value position for Texas. But the Horns do have sophomore Jackson Jeffcoat and junior Alex Okafor as the starters there. Things would only change if Okafor went pro. That is a real possibility if Okafor finishes strong.