Penn State makes the cut for four-star DT Aeneas Hawkins
Aeneas Hawkins (center) poses with family and Penn State’s coaching staff, including head coach James Franklin, during an unofficial visit to campus earlier this year. (Courtesy Aeneas Hawkins via Twitter)
Cincinnati, Ohio four-star Class of 2018 defensive tackle Aeneas Hawkins decided to push back his college commitment date from this spring to a yet-to-be determined time back in early April, and while he’s still not all that close to making a decision, he has zeroed in on his top programs.
Penn State is one of them, as the Lions made the cut for the 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive tackle along with Ohio State, USC, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Alabama, and Pittsburgh. The new top-seven was picked from over 30 offers, and Hawkins said he will make his college choice from that group this summer.
He did not specify when.
Most believe it will be a Buckeyes-Lions battle, but hometown Cincinnati seems to have an outside shot, as well. The Lions currently have 13 Class of 2018 verbal commitments, though none of them are defensive lineman. PSU would probably like to take three or four of them in this cycle, and it is worth noting that one of the current commitments, four-star Nick Tarburton, could grow into a defensive lineman but currently plays linebacker.
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— Aeneas Hawkins (@King_Hawk92) May 21, 2017