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October 30, 2008

Terps land Quince Orchard cornerback

Travis Hawkins is headed to College Park.

The four-star cornerback from Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg committed to Maryland today, picking the Terps over offers from Penn State, Michigan and Oregon, among others.

“It’s a great day for him and his family,” Quince Orchard head coach Dave Mencarini said. “He’s really excited. [He announced the decision] in our auditorium [in front of] our team, family and friends. It was really nice. He’s really excited about the opportunity that’s ahead of him. He’s very comfortable [with] his decision.”

According to, Hawkins is the 19th-best cornerback in the country. He’s rated the No. 199 prospect nationally for the class of 2009.

Check back with Recruiting Report tomorrow for more on Hawkins’ decision.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 1:39 PM | | Comments (10)


I am glad Travis Hawkins did not pick "The University of Penn State".

It does come down to recruiting, doesn't it? That's Penn State's secret, and not just in the DC metro area, either. Paterno has taken a lot of chances on risky players in the past few years, and it's created a bunch of incidents that have reached the newspapers in Pennsylvania. Yet look at the won-loss record. Is it any wonder he refuses to change?

Bobby Bowden, on the other hand, has cleaned up his act quite a bit in response to withering criticism. And his W-Ls are off.

Maybe we need a baseball-style minor league system with colleges as sponsors rather than pretending some of these guys are real students...

Great news! Travis is going to have a chance to be an outstanding CB at MD. He should continue the recent tradition of MD db's going on to the next level.

Now if he can convince Ankrah to come with him...why would he want to play at State Penn??? Larry Johnson Sr. is proving to be a great role model.

This is a really good pick-up. We will need him next year for sure.

I would really like to see us pick up a few more db's though. It seems like we are pretty thin there.

Huge pickup for the Terps.

Hawkins will be a dominate CB for MD teaming up with local Chism for two really good CBs.

Throw in Kenny Tate and you have multiple year starters who are from local powerhouses.

I hope much better than Wiseman and Nolan Carrol. From my viewpoint as a fan that doesn't know anything about coverages, it seems like those guys commit too many errors and give up too many big plays.

In the secondary, I like Antwine Perez a lot and Kevin Barnes did a really nice job this season. I can't tell how well Jeff Allen has done. I have my doubts about Terrel Skinner. It seems that for every good play he makes there are 3-4 bad plays.

If he is capable of starting next year that is great news! My question is only if we can get some more help in that department would it allow Kenny Tate to go back to the other side or maybe even play off and def? I would hate to lose his talent at WR especially when Heyward-Bey is gonna be gone.

Good point on Tate and DHB.

Terps also lose Danny O and Issiah Williams.

I too hope kenny can get back to offense

The Terps have enough good receivers returning that will allow Tate to remain at safety.
L. Williams, Cannon, Tyler, Logan, McCree, Smith, Lee-Odai, Boykins, Dorsey

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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