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.
“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.”