Commitment Spotlight- '17 Houston Hawkins, RHP, Spirit Lake

By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Iowa

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Name: Houston Hawkins
Position: RHP
Class: 2017
Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 165-pounds
High School: Spirit Lake
PBR Rank: Coming Soon

Evaluation: Thin athletic right-hander. Clean arm action. Mid 80's velocity on bump. Flashes above avg. breaking ball. Should see rise in velocity as he continues to mature physically. 

PBR: Why did you choose Iowa Central Community College? 
HAWKINS: I loved the coaching staff there. I have worked with them in the past and just fell in love with the place.

PBR: What other schools were you considering? 
HAWKINS: Augustana and Winona State.

PBR: Where did the coaching staff first see you? How did your relationship develop with them? 
HAWKINS: I first saw Coach Meyer during my freshman year of high school and just kept that connection with him throughout the process of picking a school.

PBR: Do you feel relieved now that the process is over and you can just focus on baseball and not deal with everything that goes into picking a school? 
HAWKINS: Yes it is a huge relief that it is over.

PBR: Was there one deciding factor that put your choice over the top?
HAWKINS: Knowing Coach Meyer so well and him being the pitching coach was a big deciding factor.

PBR: Who has helped you the most to get to where you are today? 
HAWKINS: My dad has helped me get to where I am today and also the Texas Baseball Ranch.

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it easy/difficult? 
HAWKINS: I didn't think that it was hard, besides the fact that there was so many schools that I had to look at, but Iowa Central was it for me.

PBR: What plans does the coaching staff have in store for you in your freshman season? 
HAWKINS: I don't know what they have in store for me besides get there and start working hard to take my game to the next level. Hopefully I get there and excel to be able to play my freshman year.

PBR: What is your most memorable baseball moment to date? 
HAWKINS: Playing at Principle Park during the regular season; and being able to take in the whole scenery and experience.

PBR: Who is the best player that you have competed against? 
HAWKINS:Probably one of the best players is Brandon Snyder; who is now playing a big role for the Iowa Hawkeye football team.