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It’s still a sense of, ‘Wow, what an honor. They brought in Barry Sanders Jr. at running back for the 2012 class, and they were interested in me at running back for the 2013 class. Stanford’s a great school, and I’d get the chance to play with [Staley teammate] Nathanael [Lohn] again.
They recognize my athleticism, and that’s honorable, but at the same time, my goal is to help my team win a national championship. I feel the best way for me to do that is to play quarterback. I have the opportunity to play quarterback at many places, so that’s what I’m going to do.
While Hawkins was initially drawn to Stanford by its academic prowess and 3-1 record against USC on the football field over the past four years, he said things began to shift the closer he studied it.
“The academics Stanford has are great, but USC sort of has the same academic stature,” he said. “I don’t plan on moving out of California after my career is done, so a USC degree is just as valuable as one from Stanford.
“... I was thinking about Stanford all the time. But I couldn’t decide what school to go to. I would be doing homework and I would just have to stop everything I was doing. There was a lot going on in my head.”