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With grades rising, Hawkins back on the radar

Coming into this school year, it seemed inevitable that Eastern senior Phil Hawkins, who has Division I talent in both football and basketball, would be headed to a junior college next year, or, at the very least, a prep school. Colleges stopped recruiting him last year because it seemed he had no chance of meeting initial NCAA eligibility standards.

Now, after taking night and summer school, Hawkins might have a chance of qualifying, according to Eastern Coach Leonard Dempsey. After scoring a game-high 26 points in Eastern's 66-59 loss at Ballou on Tuesday night, Hawkins said he has started to hear from football recruiters again, with Towson and North Carolina A&T showing the most interest. Dempsey added that he's also spoken with North Carolina Central and Fort Valley State.

If Hawkins does wind up signing, it won't be until late because he'll need the entire school year to complete his coursework. Still, given where he once was academically, it would be a pretty impressive accomplishment.

"Yeah, I might be able to qualify," Hawkins said. "We'll have to see."

By Alan Goldenbach  | January 7, 2010; 12:16 PM ET
Categories:  Eastern, Football  
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