The ASU football team is off to a strong start in early recruiting returns for the Class of 2022.
It’s been spearheaded by defensive backs coach Chris Hawkins, who has taken the Pac-12 recruiting trail by storm.
Hawkins, who has been instrumental in the recruitment of ASU’s 2022 commits, is currently ranked as the No. 1 recruiter in the Pac-12 by 247 Sports.
Yes, No. 1.
He is also currently ranked No. 6 in the nation by the site among all college football coaches for recruiting.
Hawkins has played a key role in the Sun Devils landing commitments from three four-star recruits: Athlete Larry Turner-Gooden, safety Alfonzo Allen and safety Jaylin Marshall.
Allen selected ASU out of 48 offers including heavy hitters Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Miami, Oklahoma and LSU.
Allen boasted offers from 11 SEC schools as well as Pac-12 offers from USC, Utah and Colorado.
His top 12 reportedly included ASU, South Carolina, USC, Central Florida, South Florida, UAB, Florida State, Texas A&M, Clemson, LSU, Alabama and Miami.
Turner-Gooden had 34 offers and ASU beat out the likes of Alabama and Clemson to get him, not to mention schools closer to home such as both USC and UCLA. Among other looking to land him were Florida, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame and Michigan.
ASU was one of nine Pac-12 offers with that list including Oregon and Utah. A total of eight SEC schools offered him.
Marshall had 23 offers, nine of those from SEC schools.
Among those courting him were notable powers in Alabama, Florida and LSU. Other suitors included the school closest to home in Miami, as well as Oklahoma, Penn State and Pac-12 contender Utah.
The Sun Devils’ class of 2022 is currently ranked No. 3 in the Pac-12 by 247 Sports, only behind USC and Oregon, who each have six commitments.
ASU has four commitments in the class, with Texas kicker Carter Brown joining Allen, Turner-Gooden and Marshall.
ASU’s class is currently ranked No. 25 in the country with just those four recruits.
In September, Hawkins was named to 247 Sports’ list of 30 rising football coaches in the country.
It wrote: “Described as a “no-brainer” for this list by head coach Edwards, Hawkins has lit it up as a recruiter early in his tenure with Arizona State. Hawkins helped land a trio of four-star prospects thus far, and he has the Sun Devils in the mix for some high-profile targets. Hawkins came to ASU from USC, where he served as a graduate assistant in 2019 following a decorated playing career in Los Angeles.
In December of 2019, Edwards said this when announcing Hawkins’ hire at ASU:
“Chris impressed myself, Tony White, Antonio Pierce and Marvin Lewis as a young, up-and-coming coach who has a very bright future in our profession,” Edwards said. “Chris played the position at an elite level at USC and the young players in our secondary will benefit from his knowledge and experience. Chris will be instrumental in recruiting Southern California for us as well.”
Hawkins has definitely impressed early in the Class of 2022 recruiting cycle.