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Baldwin's Corico Hawkins picks Clemson

1:46 p.m. Friday, August 22, 2008

Baldwin High School's Corico Hawkins said he will play football at Clemson University next year. Hawkins, a 6-foot, 228-pound linebacker, is rated high on the AJC's Georgia 150 list. He received offers from 28 schools, including Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Auburn, Nebraska and Iowa. "There was a marriage from the beginning, " Baldwin head coach Jesse Hicks said. "He went to the University of Florida numerous times and had a great rapport with Charlie Strong, but Clemson is where his heart was." Hicks said Clemson has been recruiting Hawkins for the last several months. "Some coaches are all business, but Coach [Tommy] Bowden treated him like family, " Hicks said. "It made Corico feel like Clemson was where needed to be. It was a good fit." Hicks said Hawkins has excellent football instincts and a strong work ethic, but he will have to continue to improve his game to compete in the ACC. "He's a student of the game, but he has to be able to play at that speed in order to take his game to the next level, " he said. "He can do it, though. He has all the intangibles." Hawkins, who runs a 4.53-second 40, recorded 101 tackles last year, had one interception and three sacks. He also runs track for the Braves. Hawkins' cousin, Leroy Hill, played football for Baldwin and Clemson. Hill was drafted by Seattle in 2005, and he helped lead the Seahawks to Super Bowl XL.

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