USC offer changes things for Hawkins

Cornerback Chris Hawkins was set to commit to the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, but those plans were upended with a call from USC recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron Friday morning.

Orgeron spoke with Chris Hawkins' father, Armond, and offered the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., cornerback a scholarship. Hawkins, a member of the ESPNU 150 Watch List, was at track practice at the time, but quickly headed over to USC.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound cornerback had attended USC’s junior day last month, but was disappointed to leave without an offer from the Trojans. Friday's events turned things around quickly.

"We feel good right now," Armond Hawkins said. "We feel blessed."

Though Hawkins' plan upon leaving USC was still to pull the trigger on a commitment Saturday, that agenda has been changed. Armond Hawkins said the new offer means his son will likely take more time with the decision.

"We decided we're going to pull back," Armond Hawkins said. "I think the whole process needs to start over for us. He's going to evaluate it and let the USC coaches do their job and recruit him with an open mind. When you get a phone call from USC on Friday, you kind of have to take a step back."

Hawkins said the pair enjoyed their trip to USC, and were offered a chance to sit in Orgeron's office to watch film and spend time with new defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders, who made an impression.

"He's a great guy," Armond Hawkins said of Sanders. "That was big. Meeting Coach Sanders was big. We were fired up."