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Monday, October 13, 2008
Hawkins enjoys Oregon, Penn State up next

Travis Hawkins
Travis Hawkins rates as the No. 12 cornerback in the Class of 2009.
Defensive back Travis Hawkins (Gaithersburg, Md./Prince Orchard) followed up his official visit to Michigan the weekend of Oct. 4 with a trip to the West Coast this past weekend on an official visit to Oregon.

"It went well," Hawkins said of his Oregon visit. "What I expected is what I saw. I liked it out there. I liked the facilities and the coaching staff. The players are real cool."

When asked which visit he liked best, Michigan or Oregon, Hawkins said, "I liked the Michigan academics better. But other than that, Oregon was better."

The 5-foot-10, 181-pound Under Armour All-American will next make an official visit to Penn State. Hawkins will be in State College this weekend to see the Nittany Lions play Michigan.

Hawkins also plans to make an official visit to Maryland the weekend of Oct. 25. The other school on his list is Central Florida.

"I think I'll just take four visits," Hawkins said. "Then I'll decide in November."

Under Armour All-Americans visit Ohio State
Two key Ohio State recruiting targets were making their official visit to Ohio State over the weekend. Tight end Ra'Shede Hageman (Minneapolis/Washburn) and wide receiver Marlon Brown (Memphis, Tenn./Harding) are two outstanding talents who could be great targets for freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor the next few seasons.

It was no coincidence that Pryor played player/host to the two.

"He was being real with me," Hageman said of Pryor. "He said if I played for Ohio State he would definitely throw me the ball. I look at it like it would be like Shaq and Kobe in the early days."

Hageman has made official visits to Ohio State and Wisconsin. He has a visit scheduled to Minnesota the weekend of Nov. 8 when the Gophers host Michigan and plans to schedule a trip to Florida.

Hageman was very impressed with his Ohio State visit, though he is not ready to declare the Buckeyes his leader.

"I have to look at where everyone stands," he said. "It's hard to say who leads. I have to finish my visits."

Brown still has to finish his Ohio State visit. He did not arrive in Columbus until around noon on Saturday and returns home to Memphis Monday afternoon.

Brown has previously made an official visit to Georgia and has a trip scheduled to Florida Nov. 15. The other two schools Brown is considering are Tennessee and LSU.