Not everything is handed to a quarterback on a silver platter. Blake Hawkins is a highly regarded athlete and dual-threat quarterback out of the state of Mississippi, and it certainly hasn’t been that way for him.
Thanks to a very deep and talented quarterbacking class in 2015, Hawkins is having to be patient. Rated the No. 10 overall prospect in the talent-rich state of Mississippi, he doesn’t hide the fact that he’s going to keep being nervous until he finally lands a scholarship offer.
This is the game many quarterbacks go through, even above average ones. Hawkins is 6-foot-5, 210 pounds and has been clocked at 4.54 seconds in the 40-yard dash. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that Hawkins will land somewhere in Division I football, it’s just a matter of where and when. But it’s a waiting game that Hawkins wishes he didn’t have to endure.
“Honestly, I’m feeling a bunch of pressure because I feel like I need to get an offer, and it needs to be coming soon,” Hawkins told Saturday Down South. “It’s anticipation but also pressure. It’s definitely self-inflicted. I know in the back of my head I’ll have a place, it’s just the anticipation of where.”
Hawkins is part of a logjam of quarterback talent in the state of Mississippi. Mississippi State is actually really interested in Hawkins as a tight end/wide receiver, and they had him on campus last weekend to talk about it, while others have shown interest. But with a bevy of quarterbacking talent interest in the two in-state SEC schools, those programs can play the upper hand and wait to see how things shake out, while Hawkins is left at the mercy of what other prospects decide to do.
This is the life of the quarterback. And frankly, if quarterback isn’t his future, he’s flexible. Hawkins has thrown for nearly 3,500 yards in his prep career, while rushing for nearly 1,400 yards. Touchdowns haven’t been a problem either–he’s accounted for nearly 50 at Tishomingo County H.S. He’s a playmaker.
“I’d switch in a heartbeat,” Hawkins told SDS. “Playing SEC ball anywhere at any position would be awesome. I do have the body size for it, I just have to gain some weight. Quarterbacks always know a lot more than most, and putting that background in as a tight end could help a team.”
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.