Brandon Hawkins is a family-kid from Texas who signed with the Boise State football program on Wednesday.
Hawkins told me this summer that he decided to commit to The Blue as soon as he arrived on campus, “I felt like I (fit) in perfect with their program and their mentality. I just had a gut-feeling (when I was there) that it was the place I wanted to be, so I came back the next day and committed.”
The new Boise State Bronco said the one downside to committing to the Broncos was how far he will be from his family during his time in college. Boise is a four-and-a-half hour flight from this home in Georgetown, TX.
“But my family supports me… any way they can to get me to where I want to be. When I say I wanted do something they push me and hold me accountable to it.”
One thing Hawkins is looking forward to is the team’s new uniforms. “I love (them)… My high school’s… main color is blue so for Boise to be blue it made it feel even more natural putting the Bronco jersey on, almost like it was meant to be.”
He’s also hoping to be a Swiss Army Knife for Boise State Head Coach Bryan Harsin and Defensive Coordinator Andy Avalos.
“I feel like I fit well in what (they’re) trying to do on defense. I can be a player for them who can play on all three downs, even if it is at another position on different downs if necessary.”
Hawkins said when he first got up to Boise he didn’t know what to expect but after driving around the city with the coaches and talking about everything he was seeing for the first time he realized that Boise has a lot to offer. “Even if I wasn’t playing football at Boise I could still see myself living there.”
Boise State’s second linebacker pledge of the 2018 Class was excited to be enrolling in Boise State early when we got in touch after he committed. He was also excited that fellow linebacker commit Phillip Mills was planning to be joining him as an early enrollee.
“I got to talk with the current SAM, Gabe Perez, I asked him about his decision to (go) to Boise and also about his business classes in accounting, which I am also interested in getting my degree in.”
Hawkins says getting the opportunity to be a Bronco means he’ll be dedicated to excelling on the field, in the classroom, and as a person, and “also having the mind set that you have to work hard for everything. Also, having the mystic of playing anybody, anywhere and beating them.”
He and the coaches watched a lot of film of Tanner Vallejo this summer. “I love his versatility and the way he plays,” Hawkins said.
A down-to-earth kid, to celebrate one of the biggest decisions of his life, Hawkins simply went with his friends to their favorite local restaurant before heading back to a buddy’s house to watch the clincher of the NBA Finals as they hung out in the pool to celebrate one of the biggest decisions of his life.
When I interviewed him, Hawkins was working on two classes in order to get done and graduate in this month. He planned to enroll at Boise State early in order to work to get ready for the 2018 season.
“The team goals are to win the Mountain West Championship and win the bowl game. I learned these expectations (on my visit). I have no doubt we can do this every year or I wouldn’t be going to Boise State. In addition, there is no reason why we can’t compete to get one of the spots each year in… a New Years Day Bowl. Boise State is one of the only programs in the Group of Five conferences that can say that with all the success they have had each year. With graduating early, I hope to make an impact in my playing career. I want to do whatever it takes to help us reach the (NY6) every year.”
BRANDON HAWKINS RAPID FIRE
Favorite Movie: “Fast & Furious series”
Favorite NFL Player: “Von Miller”
Favorite TV Show: “Friday Night Lights & The Walking Dead”
Favorite NFL Team: “Houston Texans”
Favorite pass-time other than football: “Snowboarding and hanging out with friends”
Oh, and one last Brandon Hawkins quote for Bronco Nation, concerning the Triple Option:
“Defending that formation is all about discipline and focusing on my assignment. So (whomever) my read is, I love the fact I can go hit him.”