Brandon Hawkins is a family-kid from Texas who pledged his talents to The Blue yesterday.
Hawkins told me Tuesday that he decided to commit to the Boise State football program 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 Saturday night that it was the place I wanted to be, so I came back the next day and committed.”
Boise State’s newest defensive-pledge 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 is excited to be graduating high school early and enrolling in Boise State before the rest of this recruiting class. He’s also excited that fellow linebacker commit Phillip Mills will 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.”
This weekend he and the coaches watched a lot of film of Tanner Vallejo. “I love his versatility and the way he plays,” Hawkins said.
A down-to-earth kid, 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 last night as they hung out in the pool to celebrate one of the biggest decisions of his life.
Hawkins is currently working on two classes in order to get done and graduate in December. He will then enroll in January of next year so that he will have all of the spring and summer 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 over the weekend. 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.”