After 3 visits to Penn State, 4-star Nyquee Hawkins explains what he likes about the Lions
Nyquee Hawkins, defensive back from Orange, NJ competes during the Opening Regionals in Florham Park, NJ on April 30, 2017. Joe Hermitt | firstname.lastname@example.org
Nyquee Hawkins was one of the youngest players at the recent edition of The Opening Regionals event in New Jersey, but his talent level outweighs his age.
At 6-foot, 180 pounds, the Orange, N.J., corner already has 15 offers, including one from Penn State, and his quick backpedal, ability to knock down passes, and speed are a part of a toolbox of skills that will lead to more down the road.
“It’s real good,” Hawkins said of his early recruiting attention. “It shows that hard work pays off, and it makes me want to work harder. It’s good to hear from college coaches.
“I have a lot to work on. I need to go back home, get back to work, and see what I need to improve on and getting better at my craft and being better.”
Hawkins saw Penn State three times this year, first for a junior day event back in February before checking out a spring practice and then the Nittany Lions Blue-White game. It makes PSU the early favorite, even though the four-star according to 247Sports is no where close to deciding.
“Blue-White was real cool, and it keeps getting better every time,” Hawkins said. “It’s a different environment up there. Some schools are the same, but it’s a different look up there.
“The whole swagger, the coaches, everyone is like a family.”
According to the corner, head coach James Franklin has shared that message the most.
“Coach Franklin, he’s real cool, down to earth; he offered me himself my sophomore year, and we’ve just made a connection,” Hawkins said. “Every time I go up there, we talk, and it feels like I know him a lot.”
No visits are currently in the works for Hawkins, but he’s likely to get on the road later this summer.
Expect him to pop up back at Penn State sooner rather than later, too.
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