Almost all recruits visit a school before they commit to it.
Marqui Hawkins, however, isn’t like all recruits.
Not only did the four-star wide receiver pledge to the Gators on May 14 without seeing UF first, but he’s been to Auburn, Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Tennessee since his decision.
Hawkins plans to return to Knoxville for an official visit, wants to take others as well and said any school recruiting him hard will be considered.
Yet he claims to be completely solid in his verbal to Florida.
“I’m open to schools in the sense that I’m going to go on all five of my officials, but I’m still 100 percent Gator,” said Hawkins, who is from Carver High School in Columbus, Ga. “I don’t plan on changing. There’s nothing to worry about.”
The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder said his summer trips were all for camps and that he didn’t go for recruiting purposes. He also added that he hasn’t seen many new places and wants to get that opportunity, which is why he will take officials.
In the meantime, Hawkins is looking forward to his first visit to Gainesville for Friday Night Lights.
“I can’t wait to see the great campus they have,” he said. “I heard it’s real nice. And I also want to get to know the coaches better and the commits in my class. We’re going to have a good one.”