Penn State '18 OH DT - Aeneas Hawkins (Penn State Verbal)

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    BALL HAWKINS

    Recruiting rankings aside, Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller defensive tackle Aeneas Hawkins is one of the top players in the state from the Class of 2018. Turn on some of his tape and you'll see he's explosive off the snap and has a knack for finding the ball carrier.

    So it was no surprise when Hawkins announced on Twitter Monday night that he had received a scholarship offer from Ohio State.

    “It's a big deal man,” Hawkins told Eleven Warriors. “It's been a big goal of mine to try and earn an offer from them, and to be blessed with this opportunity means a lot.”

    The 6-foot-3, 265-pounder has offers from Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Tennessee.

    “Ohio State is right up there with anyone right now,” Hawkins said.

    A three-star recruit, Hawkins is considered the 16th-best player in the state and No. 35 overall defensive tackle in his recruiting class. He's eyeing a trip to campus for the Oct. 1 game against Rutgers, where he hopes to catch up with defensive line coach Larry Johnson.

    “He has to be one of the best — if not the best — defensive line coaches in the game,” Hawkins said.
     
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    Aeneas Hawkins adds Ohio State offer

    After a few months of watching him closely, the Buckeyes have extended a scholarship offer to Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller defensive lineman Aeneas Hawkins, a 3-star prospect in the class of 2018.

    The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Hawkins is the country’s 35th-ranked defensive tackle in his class, though a primary reason he’s so “low” on that list is that right now he’s still physically built like a defensive end, rather than a traditional defensive tackle. Though he’s been recruited by Kerry Coombs, who handles Cincinnati for the Buckeyes, it was defensive line coach Larry Johnson Sr. who made the offer.

    “Coach (Larry) Johnson made it official,” Hawkins, the nephew of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, told Landof10.com. “God is good.”

    The offer has been in the works. Hawkins was impressive at Friday Night Lights with Ohio State in July, but Johnson wanted to see what he could do in a game situation, and he did. Now that he’s got the opportunity in hand, Hawkins will get back to Columbus as soon as possible.

    “He offered because of my junior film, what he’s seen so far, I believe,” Hawkins said. “I’m going up there for a visit as soon as my dad gets back into town, so maybe Oct. 1.”

    The belief right now is that Hawkins will end up with the Buckeyes, but he’s not in a hurry to decide and wants to make sure he’s examining everything closely. He holds offers from Notre Dame, Florida State, Florida and others and wants to make a few key trips.

    “I’m hoping to go around and visit a few places,” he said of what he’ll need to do before a college choice gets made. “The academic part of it is huge. I have a few schools that I know will help springboard me into life after football, and Ohio State is definitely one of them. Now it’s just seeing where I feel like I fit the best. That involves a lot of things, like the environment and how the coaching staff handles business.”
     
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    NEW EXPERIENCE

    Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller defensive tackle Aeneas Hawkins announced on Twitter Thursday night that he'll take an unofficial visit to Ohio State this weekend, marking the first time he'll be on campus since the Buckeyes offered a scholarship earlier this month.

    can't wait, man,” Hawkins told Eleven Warriors. “I've never been to Ohio State for a game, so I'm excited to get on campus and see the atmosphere.”

    The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Hawkins is considered the 16th-best player in the state for the Class of 2018. He currently holds 13 offers from programs such as Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pitt and Tennessee.

    But like many Ohio kids, it's the offer from the Buckeyes that means the most.

    “It's a big deal man,” he said. “It's been a big goal of mine to try and earn an offer from them, and to be blessed with this opportunity means a lot.”
     
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    Aeneas Hawkins enjoys first game-day trip to Columbus

    Cincinnati prospect Aeneas Hawkins, a 2018 defensive lineman out of Archbishop Moeller High School, made his first visit to Ohio State on Saturday. The visit, as you’d expect, went well.

    “It was great,” Hawkins told Landof10.com. “I spent some time with Emory Jones and Jackson Carman, and then I got to talk to some of the coaches after the game. I also ran into (former Moeller stars) Jake Hausmann and Sam Hubbard.”

    Hawkins, Ohio’s 16th-ranked prospect in 2018, had a chance to see the Buckeyes utilize their young, talented players.

    “The things I saw are that Ohio State knows two things really well,” he said. “First, they know how to win. Second, they know how to recruit. Both were impressive to watch. The defensive line rotated a ton of guys in and that lets me know that I will be given the chance to play, if I’m good enough.”

    After the game, the 6-foot-3, 260-pound junior said he spent time with Larry Johnson, Sr.

    “I spent about 30 minutes talking to Larry Johnson after the game,” Hawkins added. “He just told me to keep working. He likes the way I’ve played this year.”

    For his first game-day trip to Columbus, the game served as a backdrop to the bigger picture: how Hawkins could fit into the Buckeyes football program. There was no pressure applied Saturday, though. Just Hawkins getting to know the coaches and, of course, Emory Jones.

    “We didn’t really talk ball too much. We just enjoyed the game. I know Jackson Carman and (2018 Springfield, Ohio visitor) Leonard Taylor already, but meeting Emory for the first time was cool. He’s a good dude,” Hawkins said. “There was no pressure at all to commit or anything. (Ohio State) knows what they’re doing, though. They made sure myself, Jackson and Emory sat at the same table to eat, stuff like that.”
     

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