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Hawkins appreciates Hogs, fans

University of Arkansas coach Sam Pittman and his staff hosted quarterback Target and ESPN 4-star junior Michael Hawkins for the LSU and Ole Miss games.

“I was planning to get to a few [games] earlier in the year, but I had a lot of football stuff going on and we couldn’t make it,” Hawkins said. “I really wanted to come back to see how they would play Ole Miss and hang out with the coaching staff and the players and build that relationship.”

Hawkins, 6-2, 185 pounds, from Allen, Texas, is no stranger to Fayetteville, having visited the Hogs in June and again on July 30 for the Tailgate on the Hill meetup, attended by dedicated prospects as well as the finest recruits from 2024 and 2025 participation.

He was joined on the trips by his teammate and sophomore tight end, Vom Mitchell, who is also a prime target of the Hogs.

ESPN also ranks Hawkins as the No. 8 double threat quarterback and the No. 238 overall prospect in the nation for the class of 2024. Arkansas’ versatile pass-run offense is very attractive.

“It suits me really well and I feel like I can help the team in that way by throwing the ball and running the ball,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins has scholarship offers from schools like Arkansas, Oklahoma, Michigan, TCU, Alabama, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, and others.

He received his offer from Arkansas on June 18 and has been in contact with Pittman, offensive coordinator Kendal Briles and assistant quarterbacks coach Mark Cala.

“It’s been an uphill climb in terms of the relationship since the summer when I got my offer,” Hawkins said. “Only that we can’t talk about football, we can talk about life. This is a big thing for me. We shouldn’t have to talk about football all the time to build a relationship. I think they are doing great. “

Hawkins was named a sophomore District 5-6A Offensive Newcomer of the Year after completing 161 of 249 passes for 2,807 yards, 21 touchdowns and 5 interceptions while also rushing for 730 yards and 8 touchdowns for 104 carries.

He has completed 148 of 264 passes for 2,007 yards with 20 touchdowns this season and has rushed 79 times for 400 yards and 4 touchdowns this season.

While the Razorback trainers have been hard at work recruiting him, fans on social media have done their part to let him know he’s wanted.

“How they react to a lot of stuff I post,” Hawkins said. “How they track what I’m doing and when I’m coming to Arkansas.”

Hog fans who are so active on social media are appreciated.

“It makes me feel good just to know that I have people who want me to go to school and feel like I can help the team win going forward,” Hawkins said.

His father, Mike, played cornerback in Oklahoma before being drafted in the fifth round by the Green Bay Packers in the 2005 NFL Draft.

In addition to Arkansas, Hawkins has visited Oklahoma twice this season and has also made trips to TCU and Texas Tech.

His father was also impressed by Arkansas.

“How they work, the city,” Hawkins said. “All the people around us. Every time we’ve come down, it’s been a good time.”

Hawkins spoke to him about where Arkansas stood.

“Arkansas is one of my best schools,” he said. “They’ve been up there for a while.”

He hopes to attend an Arkansas Junior Day in January.

“I’m still planning all of this,” Hawkins said. “That would be great if I went back to Fayetteville for their junior day.”

It seems Hawkins could announce his college decision in the near future.

“I’m looking to commit fairly soon, I just don’t have an exact date,” Hawkins said.

His brother Maliek Hawkins, a sophomore cornerback, also has an offer from the Hogs.

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