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Miners lure two-star 'backer

UTEP has secured a verbal commitment from OLB Ernest Hawkins (Baltimore, Md./Dunbar), Rivals.com reports.

Hawkins also had an offer from Purdue.

The 6-foot, 215-pounder is a high school defensive end that has the skill set to make the move to linebacker at the next level according to ESPNU.