San Diego State is hosting a big recruit this weekend, as priority 2020 recruit Coleman Hawkins will take his official visit to the Mesa starting this Friday. Hawkins, whom the Aztecs offered a year ago, had previously taken an unofficial visit and will be one of two confirmed visitors this weekend (Ebenezer Dowuona).
Hawkins is a 6-8 forward that plays his high school ball for Prolific Prep, in Napa, California. The son of former Aztec player Rodney Hawkins, Coleman Hawkins played for Dream Vision on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit this past summer, which is the former team of current Aztec Matt Mitchell.
Watching film of Hawkins I see a player that on offense is great in transition and an exceptional passer. When we last spoke with Hawkins he mentioned wanting to improve in half court sets and we did see some improvement in that area on the film we watched. He is a good finisher around the rim and can finish through contact. On defense he uses his body and size to be a disruptor by the basket. Overall he is a prospect that is developing into a player that can be a solid contributor as a freshman at the next level.
Since his dad played back in 1988 a lot has changed so it will be an opportunity for the younger Hawkins and his family to get reacquainted with the school and basketball program. Rodney Hawkins is the man who taught his son Coleman everything he knows, so officially visiting the campus that his father attended will be an exciting and special experience.
The last time we spoke with Hawkins he mentioned that he wanted to research and learn more about San Diego State. In that time he has taken the time to learn more about San Diego State on and off the court and is hoping to use this visit as a way to see how he fits with the program.
“I want to learn how the coaches want to use me for the team and about the school. [I’d like to hear] why the program needs a player like me and what could I do to impact the team as a freshman and their plan for me to grow as a basketball player. I also want to learn about the city of San Diego and the culture on campus as well as what it is like playing in the Mountain West.”
The young three-star forward has a good list of thoughts about what he wants to learn about the San Diego State program and school. Finding a good fit on and off the court is important. Hawkins takes this decision seriously and would like to find a place where he can be happy and feel at home.
“As far as basketball, [my goal is] coming in and impacting the team as a freshman. I am looking to find a team that is hungry to win, that plays fast pace basketball, and is winning, as long as we’re winning everyone should be happy! And for the school I would like to be a decent-sized school doesn’t have to be too big or too small, and diversity is a good thing to have as well as a home feeling. I hope to be at a place where I feel welcomed and at home”
In regards to his recruitment Hawkins has double digit offers, with the most recent coming from DePaul and New Mexico. For his senior visits Hawkins will use his first on the Aztecs, he had previously visited Rutgers on an official during his junior year. Recently he visited two other schools in an unofficial capacity that he will be taking officials to, Illinois and Marquette. His upcoming visits include Illinois (no date yet), Marquette (September 22), Southern California (October 18), and he is unsure on his fifth and final one.
There is not a fixed timeline for his recruitment, but Hawkins hopes to sign during the early signing period. Should he not feel comfortable with a school he has no problem waiting it out until the spring.
“My recruitment is still open, and I hope to sign in November, but I’m not in a rush. I’ll sign in the spring if I’m not ready yet.”