December 12th, 2012 08:22pm

Hawkins meets Phillips, ready to play with Robinson


When Florida flipped Demarcus Robinson (Fort Valley, Ga./Peach County), many Gator fans wondered whether his commitment would affect the other four receivers in UF’s 2013 class.

The only one who came to mind was Marqui Hawkins (Columbus, Ga./Carver).

In-state prospects Alvin Bailey, Ahmad Fulwood and Chris Thompson have been solid since their decision, but Hawkins has expressed interest in taking all five of his officials despite calling himself 100 percent committed.

Hawkins said he was “done taking visits” after attending Friday Night Lights, but his tune changed in the fall.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder told The Sun last week he still wanted to take trips to Auburn, Clemson, Florida State and Miami.

That’s no longer the case after Wednesday’s visit from running backs coach Brian White and new receivers coach Joker Phillips.

Hawkins will officially visits UF this weekend. (Photo by Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun)

“I’m not going to take any other officials,” Hawkins said. “I know that I’m going to stick with Florida, so I don’t want to cause any problems with the coaching staff.”

Wednesday was Hawkins’ first time meeting Phillips, and the former Kentucky coach made quite the impression.

“It was a good visit,” Hawkins said. “He came up to watch me lift weights and we talked about the receiver position. I can tell he knows a lot and I’m ready to learn from him. It will be good to sit down some more with him on my official visit this weekend.”

Joining him in Gainesville this Friday will be Robinson, whose commitment to the Gators made Hawkins nothing but happy.

“Man, that’s homeboy,” he said of Robinson. “We just got off the phone. His decision doesn’t bother me at all. I’m excited about it. That’s another great receiver we need on the team. Hopefully me and him can come in and make something happen for Florida’s offense. Both of us on the field at the same time is a hell of a combination.”

Hawkins would know. Their schools played on Nov. 2 and Robinson was assigned to cover Hawkins on defense. Robinson finished with 77 receiving yards and returned a punt 53 yards for a score, but Hawkins’ team won 26-17 and he caught a 10-yard touchdown pass over the new UF commit.

“He tried to guard me, but I scored on him,” Hawkins said laughing. “It was great to go against each other. I didn’t get a chance to guard him, but I could see he’s a great player. After the game, he told me he was going to decommit from Clemson. So I’ve known for awhile that he was coming to Florida. Now we get to be teammates and I can’t wait.”

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  1. December 12th, 2012 8:34 pm


    by GHD

  2. December 12th, 2012 9:23 pm

    HUGE position of need, so this is a great get for the coaching staff.
    Welcome to the Gator Nation, young men!

    by MJMGator

  3. December 12th, 2012 9:32 pm

    The Gator express keeps rolling.
    Marquez North and Stacy Coley waited too long. Receiver class is FULL.

    Zack – Still room for one more DT? and/or LB?

    by applespie

  4. December 12th, 2012 9:37 pm

    Eli / or Scrooge and flip Ramsey, then call it a day.

    by scooterp

  5. December 12th, 2012 9:37 pm

    ….sick class

    by scooterp

  6. December 12th, 2012 9:42 pm

    Hawkins making a good decision.

    Now listen, I’m not trying to be biased here, and I think enough folks know by my postings here the past few years that I’m pretty honest and fair, but lets face it about Auburn, Clemson, Florida State and Miami…

    Not one of those programs will be playing for a national title in the next 5 years, and Florida will be, AT LEAST twice, and you can count on that.

    by Gator Todd

  7. December 12th, 2012 10:00 pm

    1. who is scrooge
    2. great to know hakins is ok and solid on his commit. does anyone know how to find his highlights other than using hudl?

    by gatorfan

  8. December 12th, 2012 10:09 pm

    question for mailbag:
    do we have a shot to land collins friday when he visits? and also, do u think champ would still take james clark if he wanted. he’d be a terriffic return man and jet sweep/patton type player

    by gatorfan

  9. December 12th, 2012 10:10 pm

    God is smiling down on The Gator Nation! Welcome aboard D. Robinson, and an EE too, SWEET! Our last few chess moves will be very interesting to watch. Do we finish up before NSD, do we hold out, or do we shuffle things around and create additional picks via decommits/replacements? What would you do? Could use a RB, DT, Pass Rusher…

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  10. December 12th, 2012 10:51 pm

    I’d pull ‘em in now. Some guys will want the excitement a NSD ceremony brings…I’d go for a silent comment from a top tier player, but I’d want that fax in before the announcement!

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  11. December 12th, 2012 11:01 pm

    Questions for you Zach:
    Are Collins and Swanson a priority or a luxury at this point in the game? Are we looking to take another DT if Adams doesn’t come thru and if we are who are the prospects? When does Ogundeko (Scrooge) make his announcement? How serious are we looking at Bower and Jarrad Davis now?

    by LewKeys

  12. December 12th, 2012 11:31 pm

    Lewkeys and Zach,
    Adams>T.Bower>Ogundeko<Eli.Daniel are all in the same boat I think. If Ramsey or Collins wanted in they would come first and we would be done. I think the staff would like a DE/LB speed rush guy but couldn't pass on Ramsey, Collins or maybe even Kennedy (LSU commit). Glaring weakness at FB behind Hunter makes Kennedy a little more important to me. What say you Zach?

    by J

  13. December 12th, 2012 11:36 pm

    Lock them up now. Get them in with Dillman early. Let NSD come and go. If Champ leaned anything at Texas, sign the early and get them to spring practice. Awesome job!!! Go Gators!!!

    by Pagatorfan5

  14. December 13th, 2012 1:32 am

    I wish we could skip this bogus bowl game and just start next season already.
    What a Killer Class!
    Fulwood is 6’4, Hawkins is 6’2, Robinson is 6’2 and Country Strong!
    Gator Fans our Undefeated Season is Coming!!!
    It’s also Sweet that our first one will be with one of Gainesville’s very own at the helm.
    Thanks Zach
    Special Thanks to CWM and Staff
    Joker’s Wild

    by GaToRcHomP

  15. December 13th, 2012 1:41 am

    Is L. Treadwell still looking at us too?
    Or is he another S. Diggs?

    by GaToRcHomP

  16. December 13th, 2012 6:46 am

    Wow… The Muschamp Machine is underway.

    by Dennis

  17. December 13th, 2012 7:21 am

    Dude, this class is done. You really think about it, if national signing day is today then we would have the #1 class and have met our needs. Everything from here is a +1. Crazy because we are going to be getting extremely good +1′s.

    by gatorseverywhere

  18. December 13th, 2012 7:47 am

    Bogus bowl? I think getting into a BCS bowl game is a fitting tribute to the way this team prepared and persevered throughout this year. Not quite what we wanted (NC), but much more than I think any of us realistically expected this year. Can’t wait for the bowl game, then lets get ready for next year! GO GATORS!

    by Gator N NC

  19. December 13th, 2012 8:08 am

    Don’t know anything about these kids other than what I read in this column, but from what this kid Hawkins said, I like the attitude of he and other kids who welcome competition and are not afraid to earn their playing time on the practice field. This bodes well for future TEAM success, on and off the field.

    by Carolina Gator

  20. December 13th, 2012 8:36 am


    by Omaha_Gator

  21. December 13th, 2012 8:44 am

    Great FREEKIN’ job coaching staff!! I’m so proud of you guys!! Also very proud of the young men that they’ve signed-they all seem like very good, program type guys that don’t seem to shy away from hard work & competition. Good luck to the rest of the SEC for the next 4-5 yrs because UF is racking up the prospects for SEC & national title runs!! GO GATORS!!!

    by Baton Rouge Gator Fan

  22. December 13th, 2012 9:24 am

    Its not always about getting the big names, our Coaches have shown they get the most out of the players. Take what we have and be happy, we are in a “Boom” period. Go Gators

    by LowCountryGator

  23. December 13th, 2012 9:29 am

    gatorfan wrote:
    question for mailbag:
    do we have a shot to land collins friday when he visits? and also, do u think champ would still take james clark if he wanted. he’d be a terriffic return man and jet sweep/patton type player
    It’s ironic that you would ask about Collins (I assume you mean RB Alex C.) and a return / jet sweep man in the same post because I’ve been thinking about Alvin Kamara. He’s a 3rd running back that seems like he could perform well as a return / jet sweep man as well as playing a hybrid RB/WR role like Percy (not saying he’s the next Percy).
    However, I don’t remember any news of interest between Kamara and UF, so I don’t have much hope for adding him. Zach, ESPN shows he’s got an offer from us. Do you know if there is or has been any mutual interest there?

    by EuroGator

  24. December 13th, 2012 9:43 am

    UF offered a te(Smythe) from Texas who just decommitted from the Horns. UF would like a te in this class in case JR goes pro.

    by Gbreaker1

  25. December 13th, 2012 11:21 am

    This IS a great recruiting class. I couldn’t be happier thus far as a Gator Fan. However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. If the past five years have shown me, just because a player has a lot of stars next to their names coming, that doesn’t translate to success on and off the field. Remember, Seantrel H, now at UM? Closer to home, Andre Debose, Matt Patchen.

    What makes the difference is these guy’s work ethic. If they fully commit to Dillman, then the rest will fall into place. No better builder of character than the commitment you make to you team and your strength coach. In Dillman I trust. Remember, nearly every team will be Olympic-style lifting this year based on the amazing, very obvious results Dillman has had in one season. Can you imagine how nasty the DJ Humpries, etc will be after three more years under The Dill?

    by Swampthang

  26. December 13th, 2012 12:20 pm

    Awesome. Would love to see all five of these wideouts out on the field at the same time in coming years. And Zach, great anticipatory reporting — you knew we would all wonder what the other WR recruits would be thinking. Well done!

    by pvbgator

  27. December 13th, 2012 3:51 pm

    How ya enjoying that LA smog Agholor?

    by VO2max

  28. December 13th, 2012 4:20 pm

    Question for Zach Stack:

    If all current commits sign and if some, not all leave is there a possibility that muschamp will be force to get rid of some guys? I ask because as you can see Florida has an opportunity to play for a National championship and who in their right mind wants to leave this team at this point?

    by FlaboyDg

  29. December 13th, 2012 4:28 pm

    It just keeps getting better and better! 11-1 season, Sugar Bowl, and now the #1 class. Its great to be a GATOR!!!!

    by ATL Gator

  30. December 13th, 2012 5:13 pm

    Now that’s the attitude we want Hawkins!! BOOM!

    by Falco

  31. December 14th, 2012 12:51 am

    The bowl isn’t bogus just our opponent.
    There were at least 17 other teams more deserving to play us this year.
    I’m still happy for coach strong tho, but L’ville has no business in the sugar bowl this year.

    at least we didn’t get stuck with NIU. lol

    by GaToRcHomP

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