UGA got off to a hot start on signing day when DaQuan Hawkins committed to the Bulldogs.
The 3-star defensive tackle from Westlake High School said he picked UGA over offers from Missouri and Auburn, but the only official visit he took was with the Bulldogs.
“I picked UGA because I felt like that was the place I needed to be,” Hawkins told the AJC. “It was closer to home. I can come see my family whenever. My family can come see me. I have a lot of friends that are going to UGA. So I just felt like that was place for me to go.”
The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder was supposed to visit Missouri this past weekend, but never showed up. That’s when everyone knew that he was headed to UGA, if they didn’t figure it out already.
“I wasn’t able to make it to Missouri,” he said. “My dad had surgery, and I couldn’t leave him.”
Several scouts told the AJC that Hawkins would’ve been ranked much higher if he hadn’t had grade concerns earlier in the recruiting process. Hawkins clarified the situation on Wednesday.
“My grades really weren’t the problem,” he said. “I have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 and my core GPA is a 2.5. I’m not really good at taking tests. My grades aren’t really an issue. I have to get my test score up. The first time I took the test, I didn’t get enough sleep or rest before it. But I took it again recently, and I feel very comfortable about it. I feel I will qualify with no problems.”
Here’s a scouting report on Hawkins: “I love that kid. He’s a baller. He’s going to end up in the NFL. He’s really, really good. He has to work on his grades. He’s 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds. I love that kid. He’s a (bleeping) freak of nature. And he doesn’t even know what he’s doing on the football field yet. He doesn’t really know how to get in his stance or use his hands but he’s so explosive and strong. When this kid gets to college and learns how to play the position, he’s going to be unbelievable. If he had better grades, he’d have offers from everybody. He’s just a freak.”