Virginia Tech added another member to its 2019 recruiting class. Defensive back Nyquee Hawkins opted for the Hokies over a bevy of Power Five offers including Ole Miss, Rutgers, Penn State, Michigan, Duke, N.C. State, Wisconsin, and Virginia. The 247Sports Composite rates Hawkins as a 4-star (0.9065) safety. Tech made Hawkins a priority and offered in January 2017.
The 6-0, 180 pound Orange HS (New Jersey) product racked up 60 tackles, 2 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), and 1 fumble recovery as a junior according to NJ.com. He also added 928 rushing yards (8.51 yards per carry), 8 rushing TDs, 191 receiving yards (12.73 yards per catch), and one touchdown reception.
Hawkins, who has experience at both corner and safety, recently participated in The Opening regional camp in New Jersey. 247Sports' Luke Stampini analyzed his performance.
DB Nyquee Hawkins flashed a few times in one-on-ones recording an interception and a couple pass breakups. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Hawkins had mixed results on vertical routes as he stayed attach at times, while falling a step behind on others, but it was an overall solid day for Hawkins.
Todderick Hunt of NJ.com detailed his "standout day".
Despite playing through a pulled muscle in his upper leg, Hawkins had some big moments during one-on-ones and pass skelly. I personally witnessed him break up four passes and snag an interception on a post route. His lack of full mobility due to injury showed up on certain reps down the field, but he fought tooth and nail to get open, just missing the cut following an overall productive day.
Hawkins also earned an invite to the Future 50, a camp for standout underclassmen, after an excellent regional camp performance.
Give class of 2019 four-star cornerback Nyquee Hawkins of Orange (N.J.) High a ton of credit just for showing up given he was at Stanford for a junior day Saturday, and took a red-eye home to make it to the event. Hawkins was sharp in coverage, and his physical style was noticeable. He is comfortable jamming at the line of scrimmage, and he showed hp flexibility to turn and run with the receiver.