April 6, 2020

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Diamond in the Rough: Christian Hawkins

Christian Hawkins is a 5’10, 160 lb wide receiver from Acadiana High School in Lafayette, Louisiana. Christian showcases a strong set of hands, coupled with great ball judgement to snag the football from anywhere in his vicinity. He excels lining up in the slot position, shredding defenses with a combination of smooth route running and shifty footwork in the open field. Adding to his football background, Hawkins is a member of the Acadiana High School basketball team and possesses a 3.2 GPA. He has high expectations for himself and his team this upcoming season. Christian Hawkins is a name that you want to keep on your radar, as he is poised for a breakout senior season.

Around what age did you begin playing football?

I started off when I was 7 years old. I played contact and flag football in the city rec league and haven’t stopped since .

How would you describe your style of play?

I always try to find open windows and make easy catches. Gaining yards after the catch is also imminent in my style of play.

Has WR always been your primary position, or did you start somewhere else?

When I first started playing, I played QB, RB, Corner, and a couple other positions. When I got to High school, I wanted to find a solidified position which ended up being WR.

What has been your favorite memory from high school football up until this point?

This past season we went 15-0 and won the state championship. It was a really low scoring game, with the final score being 8-3, but the season altogether has definitely been the best thing so far.

What is the most challenging aspect of lining up at WR?

I would say having endurance. You run a lot as a receiver, sometimes not even getting the ball and can get tired. I try to stay in shape as best as possible.

What player, college or NFL, do you watch and incorporate some of their skillset into your own?

I don’t really have a favorite player at either level. I watch a lot of teams and players but if I had to choose one, it would be Deandre Hopkins. He’s an underrated receiver and I love how he plays the game.

What would you say sets you apart from other players in the state at your position?

My heart and work ethic sets me above the rest. My basketball background has helped me simply because I work out a lot to stay in shape and helps me build agility. I also do a lot of outside football drills to continuously get better.

If any, what were your team’s pregame routines?

We would put on all of our Equipment and go in a classroom and listen to music until it’s time to touch the field.

Have you thought about a possible college major?

I want to study mechanical engineering.

Which aspect of your game can you always rely on to give you the advantage over defensive backs?

Having great hands and being able to use my speed to be able to get off the line.

What is your most overlooked quality as a wideout?

My ability to high point the ball and make contested catches, even over bigger corners.

Walk me through some goals you’ve set for the upcoming season?

I want my team to go undefeated again and repeat as state champions. I also want to get into a D-1 school and continue playing the game of football.